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Jonathan Hafetz, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, is a former senior attorney at the ACLU's National Security Project and a cooperating ACLU attorney on Amir Meshal’s lawsuit.

Disappeared, Threatened with Torture, and Still Seeking Accountability

Disappeared, Threatened with Torture, and Still Seeking Accountability

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 9:58am
A federal district court in Washington will hear arguments this afternoon in the ACLU's lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Amir Meshal. In 2007, FBI agents orchestrated Mr. Meshal's secret detention for four months in East Africa. During that time, Mr. Meshal was threatened with torture and rendered between three different countries – Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia – in an attempt to coerce a false confession from him. He was never charged with a crime.

Guantánamo Beyond Guantánamo

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 3:00pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

President Obama's planned transfer of some Guantánamo Bay detainees to Thomson, Illinois, might bring the administration nearer to its goal of closing the infamous off-shore prison. But, from…

The Big Lie About Guantánamo Lawyers

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 11:11am

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

The recent attacks on lawyers who have worked on behalf of Guantánamo detainees have employed the tactic of the "Big Lie" — that is, a lie so colossal that people will believe…

Guantánamo at Home

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 5:36pm

The Bush administration has long defended its prison at Guantánamo by claiming that the Constitution did not apply there because it was located outside the United States. But newly disclosed government documents obtained by Yale Law School's…

Judge Orders Government to Free Innocent Men

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 5:13pm

In a landmark ruling, a federal district judge in Washington, D.C., today ordered the government to release a group of 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantánamo Bay. The decision marks the first time a judge has ordered the government to free…

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