Guiora to Testify Before U.S. Senate Committee

On Wednesday, June 4, Quinney College Professor Amos Guiora will testify before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing on “Improving Detainee Policy: Handling Terrorism Detainees within the American Justice System.”  The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. EST in room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Guiora, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces and widely published author on issues of security and counterterrorism, is scheduled to join several other speakers at the hearing, including the Honorable John C. Coughenour, a judge in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; James J. Benjamin, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York; Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC; and Benjamin Wittes, Fellow and Research Director in Public Law at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

In his testimony, Guiora will discuss a model he has developed that he believes will allow for the trying of terrorists within the American justice system while meeting judicial scrutiny by creating American terror courts.

“Ultimately, my model balances the defendant’s basic rights with equally legitimate national security considerations,’ Guiora writes in an executive summary of  his prepared testimony. “Therefore, the domestic terror court option is the most practical and expedient policy solution, necessitated by an untenable tension between the understanding that some of the detainees present a genuine threat to American national security, and awareness that indefinite detention violates constitutional principles and fundamental concepts of morality.”

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