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Greg Craig – Witness to Guantanamo

Greg Craig


President Obama appointed Greg Craig to serve as White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010. During his time in the Obama White House, Mr. Craig drafted the executive order banning the use of torture by government personnel. Mr. Craig also drafted the executive order calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. He assisted in trying to settle Uyghur detainees into the U.S. However, after Republican opposition, the Obama administration was forced to abandon its plans and find another country. Craig assisted in arranging for the men to be transferred to Bermuda, and traveled with them from Guantanamo to Bermuda.

From 1984 to 1988, Craig served as Sen. Edward Kennedy’s senior advisor on defense, foreign policy and national security issues. In 1997, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appointed Craig to be one of her senior advisors. In September 1998, President Clinton appointed Craig as assistant to the President and White House Special Counsel. Mr. Craig led the team to defend against Clinton’s impeachment.

Craig attended Harvard College and Yale Law School. He served as the chairman of the International Human Rights Law Group and was on the board of the American Security Project. He is currently “Of Counsel” at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C.

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