Thursday May 17th- Habeas-stripping provisions of the Military Commissions Act to be discussed

NOTE: This is a slight correction to an earlier post, the event will be held on May 17th.

Current legal and legislative efforts to restore habeas rights for the Guantanamo detainees will be the focus of a free panel discussion at the National Press Club Thursday, May 17th, from noon to 2. p.m. Details below. The event will be recorded or become available by podcast. For information on audio or podcast or to RSVP contact: or (202) 580-6920

The Constitution Project & The Brennan Center for justice
And Justice for All…?:A Discussion on Restoring Habeas Corpus Rights to Guantanamo DetaineesEdward R. Murrow RoomNational Press Club

529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The controversial provisions of the Military Commissions Act that denied detainees at Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus rights have been the subject of a passionate and protracted debate both on and beyond Capitol Hill. Join our distinguished panelists from across the political spectrum for a discussion of the legal and policy implications of denying habeas corpus to these detainees, as well as the possibilities for restoring those rights. Those who have a basic understanding of the questions surrounding the Military Commissions Act but seek a more detailed understanding of the legal complexities of the issue are particularly encouraged to attend. This event is open to the press.


Jonathan Hafetz, Litigation Director, Liberty and National Security Project, Brennan Center for Justice;

Counsel to Several Detainees Held by the United States

Lieutenant Commander William C. Kuebler, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy,

Defense Counsel, Office of Military Commissions

William H. Taft, IV, former Legal Advisor, Department of State, George W. Bush Administration

Hon. Patricia Wald, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Moderator: Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel, the Constitution Project

A light lunch will be served

There is no charge for this event.