Press

“Honigsberg disputed the claim that placing convicted terrorists in federal prisons in the U.S. would create a significant new security risk.

‘The fact is that our ‘supermax’ prisons in America already house many convicted terrorists and other enemies of America,’ he said. ‘If the men are convicted of a crime, we can be assured that they will be locked up in these maximum security prisons.’ ”

–”Obama plans to transfer more Gitmo detainees amid effort to close facility”
Sinclair Broadcast Group

“‘The Geneva Convention requires that prisoners be released at the end of hostilities,’ wrote Honigsberg. ‘Obama should declare that, after more than 14 years, hostilities with Afghanistan are over. He can then release the men in Guantanamo who have not been charged back to their home countries or to third countries. And, he can prosecute the men who have been charged with war crimes.'”

–”Closing GITMO: Should President Obama Resort to Executive Action to Close Guantanamo Bay?”
Latin Post

KQED Radio Panel about Obama’s late term plans to close Guantanamo including Peter Jan Honigsberg, and Carol Rosenberg, Witness to Guantanamo interviewee

–”President Obama Asks Congress To Shut Down Guantanamo, Again”
NPR Forum with Michael Krasny

“‘[Guantanamo] is a stain that is very clear on America,’ said Honigsberg. ‘The best thing to say would be: ‘We made a mistake and we acknowledge that mistake and we take some accountability for that mistake and we will move on.””

–”Guantanamo Bay: What you need to know about the notorious U.S. detention centre”
CBC News

“‘Many of the former detainees now live in third party countries — not their homeland — and lead difficult lives, stained by financial hardship and psychological scars,’ Honigsberg said. ‘The government, I feel, has an obligation to assist these men to get back on their feet and have some life going forward,’ he said.”

–”After Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Announcement,
Human Rights Advocates Still Worry”
International Business Times

“From our research, we have learned that many people around the world see Guantanamo as a black stain on America, and they point to Guantanamo when we criticize human rights in other countries. Along those lines, I will add that a number of the detainees we interviewed told us that when they were first sold to the U.S., they were thrilled. They thought that they would get their day in court. They believed that they would get due process. They understood from what they knew about America that America would treat them well, according to the rule of law.

They were shocked to find that America did not provide them due process, and instead kept them incarcerated for years, sometimes for 14 years, without charges. When they found that America would not seriously review their cases and consider whether they should be released or not, they were very disappointed in America. I think the world has always seen the U.S. as a beacon of human rights and an adherent of the rule of law. As long as Guantanamo Bay remains open, we are not that beacon.”

–”Guantanamo Bay expert critical of decision to keep camp open”
Duke Chronicle

“‘I hope the lessons learned I will always have and I hope my ‘old me’ a big part of that, I can have back…but it takes a lot longer than I had thought,’ [Bisher al-Rawi] said in an interview with the Witness to Guantánamo project recently. ‘It has been over four years and I am just now feeling that I can sense that I am getting normal. Before, I could sense I am not normal.'”

–”Before Shaker Aamer: others who made it back to Britain from Guantánamo Bay”
The Guardian

“For eight years, Sunnat, a sixteen-year-old Uzbek captured in Afghanistan in 2001…was, in the words of Peter Jan Honigsberg, a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, ‘alone in a sea of voices.'”

–”Desperately Alone in a Crowd”
The New Yorker

Peter Jan Honigsberg interview about “Barack Obama’s failure to deliver on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, how the US public turn a blind eye while the rest of the world watches, and the fate of a large group of hunger strikers at the prison.”

Radio New Zealand National

KPFK Radio Panel about Guantanamo with Peter Jan Honigsberg, David Glazier, Prof. of Law, Loyola Law School and Jonathan Hafetz, Prof. of Law, Seton Law

–”The Scholars’ Circle & Insighters Radio”
KPFK

“On Mr Obama’s new pledge, Professor Honigsberg said: ‘Words don’t work any more for me, not after 11 years of people being held without trial.'”

–”Guantanamo Inmates Force Fed Illegally”
The Times UK in The Australian

Al Jazeera article on closing Guantanamo (in Arabic)

Al Jazeera

“How exactly does linguistic isolation affect the psyche? In a recent paper, Peter Jan Honigsberg of the University of San Francisco law school has taken a step toward answering this question.”

–”Solitary linguistic confinement”
The Economist

“Torturous, painful, hopeless, oppressive, unrelenting: these are the words used by Moazzam Begg to describe his three years of detention in the United States prison camp at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. One of the world’s most infamous prisons is 10 years old this week. A decade of controversy.”

–”Guantanamo Bay: 10 Years of Controversy”
Radio Netherlands Worldwide

TV Story on 10 years of Guantanamo (includes brief interview of Peter Jan Honisgberg)

–”Amnesty International protests Gitmo detentions”
ABC 7

“Honigsberg has penned a powerful indictment of Bush’s War on Terror, vivid and horrifying and hard to put down.”

–”Best Books 2009″
Publishers Weekly Online

“I urge readers to visit the website [which] provides excellent insight into the horrendous abuses initiated by the US administration in the ‘War on Terror.'”

Andy Worthington blog

“Provides a compelling account of the human costs of the erosion of civil rights in the post-9/11 US.”

–”Book of the Week”
Times Higher Education Magazine

“Talking Dog” interview with Professor Honigsberg

To read Professor Honigsberg’s articles, please see our Resources page.

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