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Friday, June 19, 2009

Justice at Guantanamo?

I've just started reading Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman's Oddysey and Her Crusade  for Human Rights, and it provides a wonderfully  human—as well as legal – approach to various detainee issues.  It is written by Kristine Huskey, a friend and a clinical professor at UT-Austin,  who has been to Guantanamo more than 15 times, and was one of the first attorneys to represent Guantanamo detainees.  Among other clients, she has represented Omar Khadr, a young Canadian citizen who was detained at Guantanamo and charged with war crimes.  Kristine also represented the Guantanamo detainees in Rasul v. Bush.

On the Amazon website and in the publicity materials, there is a brief blurb from Cong. Jim Moran which includes the following statement: “Kristine Huskey may have captured our attention with her beauty and her personality, but she captured our commitment to the cause of her clients with her intellect and her courage.”  Frankly, I’m not sure why her beauty and personality have anything to do with the significance of her work in defending civil liberties – and I’m a little surprised that we still need to talk about “beauty” in the context of human rights activism by a woman.  Nonetheless, I don’t hold that against the book, which I absolutely encourage you to read.

Posted by Naomi Cahn on June 19, 2009 at 05:27 PM | Permalink


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I would guess that her beauty is significant because she is perhaps best known (through interviews in such activist magazines as Marie Claire) for being a former model and MTV video backup dancer.

Posted by: D | Jun 23, 2009 9:42:55 AM

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