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Call for a bipartisan Commission on Detention, Treatment, and Transfer of Detainees

Major General Antonio Taguba

Major General Antonio Taguba

The following statement was released today:

Statement on Commission Relating to Detention, Treatment, and Transfer of Detainees

We urge President Obama to appoint a non-partisan commission of distinguished Americans to examine, and provide a comprehensive report on, policies and actions related to the detention, treatment, and transfer of detainees after 9/11 and the consequences of those actions, and to make recommendations for future policy in this area.

We believe all members of the commission must have reputations for putting the truth and the respect for our nation’s founding principles ahead of any partisan advantage.  Members should be persons of irreproachable integrity, credibility, and independence. Leading academics, retired judges and government officials, retired military officers and intelligence officials and human rights experts are examples of the types of profiles that should be sought.  The President should solicit recommendations from the majority and minority leaders in both houses in the process of choosing commission members.

Juan E. Méndez, President, the International Center for Transitional Justice; Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the UN on the Prevention of Genocide, 2004-2007; Commissioner, 2000-2003, and President, 2002, of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States

Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman, Hills & Co., Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1996-2000

Judge William Sessions, Partner, Holland and Knight LLP, Director of the FBI, 1987-1993, Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 1974-1987

Major General Antonio M., Taguba, USA (Retired)

Rev. Dr. John H. Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
(Affiliations for Identification Only)

The following organizations have also endorsed the statement:

Amnesty International USA
The Brennan Center for Justice
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University, School of Law
The Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, University of California, Davis
The Center for Victims of Torture
The Constitution Project
The Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
The International Center for Transitional Justice
The International Justice Network
The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The National Institute of Military Justice
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The Open Society Institute
Physicians for Human Rights
The Rutherford Institute

HT: Neal Sonnett

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.