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CHRGJ and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there. This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.
Hina Shamsi is the Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. She has monitored the Guantanamo military commissions as an NGO observer, and has litigated a challenge to censorship of torture testimony in the military commissions as well as habeas lawsuits on behalf of detainees, including current prisoner Mohamedou Slahi, whose memoir was recently excerpted in Slate.
Spencer Ackerman is national security editor for Guardian US. A former senior writer for Wired, he won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Digital Reporting. He is part of the Guardian’s team reporting on Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.
Janet Hamlin has been sketching the tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the sole courtroom artist from 2006 to present. Hamlin just released Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals: 2006-13. Her sketches are the only public visual record of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo.
Carol Rosenberg is the Guantanamo reporter for The Miami Herald, which she joined in 1990. She has covered the Guantanamo Bay detention center and related controversies longer than any journalist, from the arrival of the first prisoners on Jan. 11, 2002 through the present. The Supreme Allied Commander of Europe called her the dean of the Guantanamo press corps, and she’s spoken on Guantanamo at Yale Law School, Stanford University and before the New York City Bar Association.
Michelle Shephard is the Toronto Star’s National Security correspondent, and author of Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone (2011) and Guantanamo’s Child (2008). She was an associate producer on the Oscar-nominated documentary “Under Fire: Journalists in Combat” and is currently producing and directing two documentaries on former detainees from Guantanamo Bay. She speaks frequently on issues of national security and civil rights and is a three-time recipient of the National Newspaper Award.