Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials

Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials

by Kyndra Miller Rotunda
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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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