Scholars’ Statement of Principles for the New President on U.S. Detention Policy: An Agenda for Change


An earlier version of this Statement was submitted to Restoring the Rule of Law:  Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, 110th Congress (Sept. 16, 2008). The version of the Statement published here was provided to members of Barack Obama’s transition team in December 2008. It suggests numerous policy changes for the new President. In particular, the signatories to this Statement call for the close of Guantánamo and secret prisons, the rejection of specialized terror courts, a zero tolerance policy with regard to torture and an end to extraordinary rendition. At the time of this publication, President Obama has begun to take important steps to realize some of these goals.