Defending Detainees at Guantanamo (Part 1)

Candace Gorman is a civil rights lawyer with an office in Greektown. Last week she sat down with me to talk about her pro bono work with two of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. I was floored by some of what Candace had to say.

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Because of the importance and serious nature of the subject matter, I had trouble editing this interview to the usual ten to fifteen minutes. So, today I have broken the interview into two parts. The first part is above and the second is available here.

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6 Responses to “Defending Detainees at Guantanamo (Part 1)”
  1. admin says:

    For more information on the Guantanamo detainees and the work Candace Gorman is doing please check out her blog at

    It’s more than worth checking out.

  2. CharlesHo says:

    Going to listen to the second half of the podcast now, but a few things I’m comparing with the novel I read recently from the PoV of a Military Lawyer assigned to Guantanamo. 1. Your guest made the statement “the military wanted to find these guys guilty.” If you read Honor Bound by Sgt Rotunda you will find that the military actually did NOT try to railroad or rig these trials, though there were elements in the military fighting against Bush administration mandates that did seem to want to do this. 2. The guest also seemed to suggest there was no process in place for releasing these inmates when, in fact, the facility holds now only 1/5th of the original population. Most of the folks originally detained there were released in a sort of parolee system instituted after the first year or two and this happened BEFORE the Obama administration came into office.

    • Certainly there were people in the military that defended these men at tribunals, or judged them not to be enemy combatants. But, while those are the actions of individual people, I think what she is referring to is not all the individuals of the armed forces but rather the command structure that brought Candace Gorman’s clients to Gitmo 8 years ago, never prosecuted them, and stood in the way of any kind of trial that would have prosecuted them in a military, civilian, or international court.

  3. CharlesHo says:

    See, the information I read from a military lawyer, mind you, was that upper members of the military involved in the early points of processing were among those against and fighting the Bush administration turning the courts into kangaroo courts. The military doesn’t run like our civil society where everyone runs around loose-cannon style spouting off. They run by process, training, and procedure. Running sham-courts out to railroad innocent people is the kind of thing politicians do, not military men and women.

  4. John says:

    I just heard her on Worldview on NPR! Way to get the jump on Chicago Pub Radio!



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