Law School Program on Gitmo, Enemy Combatants and Military Commissions: February 16

On Thursday, February 16, from noon to 2:00 pm in Room 121, Hazel Hall, the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS) of the George Mason University School of Law will sponsor a program arranged by the Department of Defense. The program will be open to the university. 

The panelists will discuss detainee policy and operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; the determination of enemy combatants and the annual process to determine whether each detainee should be released, transferred, or further detained; the charging of war crimes to be tried by military commissions; and related matters such as recent legislation governing the treatment of detainees and pending Supreme Court litigation over military commissions. Questions from attendees will be welcome.

The panelists will be Rear Admiral James McGarrah, director of the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants; Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway, the DoD legal adviser on military commissions; Mr. Alan Liotta, principal director, DoD's Office of Detainee Affairs; and Colonel Barry Coble, chief of detainee affairs for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Professor Joseph Zengerle, founding director of CLAS, will moderate the program. Zengerle, a Vietnam veteran, taught homeland security at the law school, clerked for the Chief Justice of the U.S. and was assistant secretary of the Air Force.