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Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld was two lawyers’ attempt to overturn the system set up to try the detainees at Guantanamo. Lt. Commander Charles Swift was one of those lawyers; he was defense counsel for detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who had been Osama bin Laden's personal driver and bodyguard. Jonathan Mahler’s new book about the landmark case is The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power.

Events:
Jonathan Mahler will be speaking and signing books
Monday, September 22 at 7 pm
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn

Jonathan Mahler will be speaking and signing books
Monday, October 6 at 7 pm
Upper West Side Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway, at 82nd Street

Guests:

Jonathan Mahler

Comments [1]

chris o from new york city

Commander Swift,
You make me very proud of the US military, which is not my normal sentiment. I am not against the military, but believe we have become imperialist and not in a defensive posture...

I have been greatly dismayed by the whole Kafka-esque Guantanomo fiasco. The trial of the driver upped the ante of dismay: is Osama's tailor next? Then he was convicted, more dismay. Then he was sentenced - and lo and behold, I felt good about the sentence. I felt the sentence was the first reasonable thing to come out of this. The military was like: OK, you were our enemy, albeit a small fry. We punished you. You showed some contrition. Let's call it even.

Aug. 18 2008 12:26 PM

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