This week’s guests:
— CCR President Michael Ratner on SCOTUS ruling allowing Gitmo detainees to challenge their detention
— Professor Catherine Lutz on US bases in Iraq
Michael Ratner returns to the Monitor to discuss the Supreme Court ruling granting detainees at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detentions using writs of Habeas Corpus. Michael is the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a non-profit human rights litigation organization based in New York, New York.
He was co-counsel in representing the Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States Supreme Court, where, in June 2004, the court decided his clients have the right to test the legality of their detentions in court. Ratner is also a past president of the National Lawyers Guild and the author of numerous books and articles, including the books Against War with Iraq and Guantanamo: What the World Should Know, and a textbook on international human rights. Ratner is also the co-host of the radio program, Law and Disorder. He and three other attorneys host the Pacifica radio show that reports legal developments related to civil liberties, civil rights and human rights.
Catherine Lutz is a Watson Institute professor (research) and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology. She talks about the leaked report on the details of US bases in Iraq and the immunity being sought for US military personnel (and civilian contractors) from prosecution for crimes committed in Iraq. Her most recent books include Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (New York University Press, 2007) and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (Beacon Press, 2001, winner of the Leeds Prize and the Victor Turner Prize).