Scott Horton Interviews Daphne Eviatar

Scott Horton, January 24, 2010

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Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the Brookings Institution study that recommends codifying indefinite detention without trial, the government’s refusal to release some Guantanamo detainees who won their habeas corpus hearings and how the never ending “war on terror” complicates the traditional practice of holding prisoners “for the duration.”

MP3 here. (15:54)

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.

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  2. Good, informative interview. All the best to Daphne Eviatar.

    The U.S. Government dishonors itself constantly these days. . . .

  3. Let me get this straight , the US is holding "enemy combatants" indefinitely without charge during a time of undeclared war because the people who are holding them do not have any concrete evidence for their allegations (if they did they would go to trial) and because the "enemy combatants" were likely tortured during their time in custody. This seems to break the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th amendments to the Constitution and possibly the 4th too (because no where in these rights does it say that they only apply to US citizens) as well as the war powers.

  4. So while our bill of rights are being whittled down, the Supreme Court is granting rights to soulless legal entities (corporations) rights they never have had before. We are giving corporations personhood. Maybe this means we can torture, and indefinitely incarcerate corporations because someone accused them of aiding an enemy. If corporations get to have "human status" then they should get the good with the bad, not just picking and choosing. I'd like to be the first in line to accuse the oil companies of aiding directly or indirectly enemies.

  5. Then, like the guys in Guantanamo, the oil corporations will not be able to earn a living or support their family of companies and stock holders for as long as they are in Guanatamo. We can torture them to get the technology for the EV1 electric car that was bought and hidden. We can force them to tell us how much oil there really is, how many years it will likely last, plans for energy independence and how much they really are investing in alternative energy sources. We might also fing out how much the auto industry with the oil corporations have conspired against innovation, fuel efficiency and pollution regulations. Maybe we can make this bad situation good for everyone?
    (Sarcasm symbol)

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