Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials

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Honor Bound is an intriguing book that explains the law of war and the inside story of military commissions. The author is a former JAG lawyer who served on the prosecution team, worked in Guantanamo Bay, and was legal advisor to an elite team of war crimes investigators. Through a series of entertaining vignettes, Rotunda discusses and analyzes the laws governing the war on terror, the Geneva Conventions, and the laws related to detainees held in Cuba.

Readers will look at Marine Corps training in Quantico, Virginia; learn about Gitmo's detention camp through the author's experiences with real detainees and real interrogators; travel the globe with "terrorist hunters" following investigatory leads; see what went wrong in Gitmo and with the military commissions; meet Private Jessica Lynch; and learn about laws that protect the combat wounded. Scholarly and informative, this book is also a fascinating and engaging read.

"This eye-opening inside account must be read by everyone who cares about balancing national security and human dignity." - Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School Professor and author of Finding Jefferson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594605123
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyndra Rotunda, a lawyer, is a Major and JAG Officer in the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserve, and a leading expert in military law. She has served three tours in the Global War on Terror, including one as a prosecutor at the Office of Military Commissions and one in Guantanamo Bay. Rotunda is in private practice and devotes much of her time to advocating for wounded troops and military families. She has represented hundreds of soldiers before their disability boards at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was the lawyer assigned to Jessica Lynch after Lynch's rescue. Rotunda was recently recruited by the National Veteran's Legal Services Program to produce a series of instructional DVDs about military law, to be published by Lexis Nexis. She is an avid writer and her op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor.
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Table of Contents

1 The Nightmare Begins, September 11th, 2001 3

2 Getting My Boots Muddy 13

3 Young JAGs Go Head to Head 28

4 "Follow Me" to Fort Benning 35

5 Guantanamo Bound, "It Don't Gitmo Better!" 41

6 A 9-Eyed Critter and a Trip to the Camp 49

7 Commemorating September 11th, 2002 59

8 The U.S. Exceeds the Geneva Conventions and Gets Burned 60

9 Major General Miller Shakes Up Gitmo 67

10 The Two Faces of the International Committee of the Red Cross 72

11 Interrogation Techniques 80

12 The Justice Department Back-Peddles on Torture 83

13 A Soldier Comes Home, No Room at the Inn 90

14 The Fallen and Wounded 96

15 Captain Marton and Private First Class Lynch 101

16 Casualty Affairs Office Drops the Ball 108

17 Home, Home on the Range 110

18 Twisted Logic, Terrorism 101 115

19 Leads Turn Cold While Agents Turn Over 121

20 Bureaucratic Bog Down 125

21 Due Process for Detainees 129

Who Is Mr. Hamdi and How Did He Get to the U.S. Supreme Court? 130

CSRT Hearings: Letting Detainees in on the Case against Them 133

22 Paroling Terrorists Back to the Battlefield 138

A Word about Uighurs 142

23 Iraqi Justice 144

24 Helping Prosecutors 145

25 Military Commission History and Rules 147

Understanding the Quirin Case 148

Understanding the Yamashita Case 150

Inside Nuremberg 151

Robust Procedures for Present-Day War Crimes Trials 154

26 Back to Guantanamo Bay - Not a Modern Day Nuremberg 157

A Blow from Washington, D.C. 160

Morale Plummets and CITF Agents Get a Pep Talk 162

27 Inside Military Commissions 166

Unfair to Change the Rules in the Middle of the Game 166

Other Panel Members - Benched? 170

28 The Taliban: A License to Kill173

A Judge and His POM, POMs 176

Discovery at Trial 178

Definition of Conspiracy Departs from U.S. Law 181

29 Orchestrating Trials: Colonels Brownback and Hodges 184

A Little Note Leads to a Big Discovery 185

Colonel Hodges Leaves the Bench and Assaults a Witness 187

30 Should the U.S. Government Allow Detainees to Represent Themselves? 192

Judge Brownback Wore Two Hats 195

31 Setting the Record Straight 197

No Resource Disparity 197

Defense Counsel Did Not Have Conditional Appointments 199

Defense Lawyers - Not the Prosecutors - Closed the Trials 200

Colonel Davis Speaks Up - Accused No Boy Scout 201

32 The Way Forward with Military Commissions 204

Hold Detainees until the War Is Over 207

Stop Exceeding Geneva 208

Permanent Investigators, Qualified Judges, and Reasonable Local Rules 211

Win the War of Ideas 212

Staff Sergeant Maupin, Freedom Is Not Free 214

Conclusion: Another September 11th 217

Appendix A Military Commissions Act of 2006 219

Appendix B President Issues Military Order, November 13, 2001 255

Index 261

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Absolutely Engrossing

    This afternoon, my mailman delivered a box to my door. It was Kyndra Miller Rotunda¿s book, Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials. I decided to take a moment to give it a quick skim. At least that¿s what I initially intended to do. It¿s now several hours later, and I just put it down. I can't recall the last book that I read entirely in one sitting! In a word, this book is phenomenal! It is that rare find of a book that is scholarly, well researched and extensively referenced, yet eminently readable. And what an interesting and timely topic! This is the inside story of ¿Gitmo¿ that had to be written, and must be read. I¿d write more here, but I have to get something to eat! Great job, Ms. Rotunda! William J. Kresse Associate Professor Saint Xavier University, Chicago

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

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    Personal and easily approachable. Hearing the other side of the story is long overdue. Like a breath of fresh air.

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