Scott Horton Interviews Katherine Gallagher

Scott Horton, November 11, 2010

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Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses the disappointing end to John Durham’s multi-year investigation into CIA torture tape destruction (coinciding exactly with the expiring statute of limitations), why half-assed limited investigations may not be enough to placate European judges from prosecuting US government officials under universal jurisdiction, low expectations for Durham’s remaining preliminary investigation into “unauthorized” torture practices, the Justice Department’s shilling for unlimited executive power without judicial oversight, Attorney General Eric Holder’s inaction over Bush’s “damn right” boast of waterboarding approval despite Holder’s clear statement that waterboarding amounts to torture and the mounting evidence that the US is no longer governed by the rule of law.

MP3 here. (27:59)

Katherine Gallagher is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where she focuses on holding individuals, including US and foreign government officials, and corporations, including private military contractors, accountable for serious human rights violations. Among the cases she is working on are Arar v. Ashcroft, Matar v. Dichter, Saleh v. Titan and Estate of Atban v. Blackwater.

Prior to joining CCR, she worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2001-2006.  Among other jobs, she has also worked as a legal advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo and with the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown. During the negotiations to establish the International Criminal Court, she worked as a member of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court, to ensure that gender-based violence and discrimination are adequately addressed.

Katherine currently serves as a Vice-President on the International Board of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), of which CCR has been a member since 2004. (For more information on FIDH, see www.fidh.org). Katherine received a joint M.A. in Journalism and Middle East Studies from New York University in 1995 and a J.D. from the City University of New York in 2000.

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