Amy Jeffress ’87 is quoted in this New Yorker article concerning the trials and detention of suspected terrorists.  The entire article is a must-read for anyone interested in these issues.  I’d love for Williams to invite Jeffress and Jameel Jaffer, along with any other Ephs involved with these almost impossibly thorny issues, to speak on campus.  The pertinent section:

Obama’s executive orders effectively put Holder in charge of the legal process of closing Guantánamo. Most of the President’s legal advisers believed that virtually all the Guantánamo detainees could be tried in criminal courts, or transferred to courts in other countries. Amy Jeffress, Holder’s national-security adviser, set up three interagency task forces to review the detainees’ cases. But the challenge proved far greater than expected. “There was no file for each detainee,” Jeffress told me. “The information was scattered all over the government. You’d look at what the Department of Defense had, and it was something, but, as a prosecutor, it wasn’t what you’d like to see as evidence. . . . It was pretty thin stuff.” The Bush Administration, she said, clearly “hadn’t planned on prosecuting anyone. Instead, it was ‘Let’s take a shortcut and put them in Guantánamo.’ ”

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