Film, Video Extraordinary Rendition: Constitutional Issues

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Extraordinary Rendition: Constitutional Issues
The Law Library hosted a panel discussion on "Extraordinary Rendition: Constitutional Issues" as a part of the Law Library's Speaker Series and the 175th anniversary of the Law Library of Congress. After 9/11, the Bush administration engaged in what is called "extraordinary rendition" -- the transfer of suspected terrorists to countries known to employ harsh interrogation techniques that may rise to the level of torture. The impact of these policies on constitutional principles, presidential power and congressional checks was the subject of this panel discussion. The panel also examined the role of the judiciary in the cases of Khaled El-Masri and Maher Arar. Congress has held hearings on this topic during the past year.
Event Date
December 05, 2007
-  Daniel Huff is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He was an associate at McKinsey & Co. before coming to the Senate Judiciary Committee as Crime and Oversight Counsel. He is the author of a recent law review article on the confrontation clause in the Nebraska Law Review and handles a variety of national security issues for the Committee's minority staff.
-  Heather Sawyer is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School. She has taught at Northwestern Law School, Loyola University and the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown, she was senior counsel for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund at its Midwest office. Currently she is counsel with the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee.
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1 hours 29 minutes
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