March 15, 2010


Committee on Civil Rights Provides a Comprehensive Resource on the Latest Legal Issues Surrounding the Detention and Trial of Detainees at Guantanamo and Elsewhere

ALBANY - The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Civil Rights announced the launch of a comprehensive legal blog that will provide, in one place, the latest developments and issues pertaining to the detention and trial of those detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and elsewhere. It also will provide in-depth analysis of the ongoing and emerging policy issues endemic to the struggle against international terrorism.  Officially titled "Guantanamo Bay and Beyond: A Blog on Executive Detention, National Security and Due Process," it can be viewed by both attorneys and the general public through the State Bar Web site at

"Over the last decade, since 9/11, there has been an ongoing and unprecedented dialogue between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches concerning the most fundamental issues of national security, individual liberty and due process.  Central to this discussion have been policy decisions and judicial determinations regarding the detention, treatment and rights of those detained at Guantanamo Bay," said Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Civil Rights (Baker Hostetler of New York).  "With this new blog, we hope to provide a dynamic, one-stop resource for the public and members of the Bar to monitor, understand and stay abreast of the latest and most critical developments on these important issues."

Each week, the blog will be updated by committee members with a post that provides the latest news on one area of discussion-presenting a summary of the issue with the latest information from a variety of outside resources.

State Bar Association President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City) said, "The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Civil Rights has done a remarkable job chronicling the events and issues arising from the detention of those at Guantanamo Bay.  I would like to commend Committee Chair Fernando Bohorquez and Committee Secretary Patrick Campbell for their diligence and dedication in creating a comprehensive blog that explores all sides of these important civil rights issues.  It will be an invaluable resource for lawyers and non-lawyers alike."
The NYSBA Committee on Civil Rights has been very active on issues regarding the Executive detention of those detained at Guantanamo including, among other things, crafting the Report on Executive Detention, Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the NYSBA June 2008 House of Delegates Resolution endorsing the Boumediene v. Bush Supreme Court decision; the Supplemental Report on Boumediene v. Bush and the Procedural Framework for Guantanamo Detainee Habeas Petitions in July 2008 that addressed the procedures due to detainees on habeas review; and a resolution, adopted by the American Bar Association, that called for the Obama Administration to ensure that Guantanamo detainees receive all due process rights afforded to them by law.  These reports and resolutions can be found at

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