"Jonathan Hafetz has done it again with Obama's Guantánamo. Picking up where The Guantánamo Lawyers left off, the book follows the depressing trajectory of the detentions over the course of the Obama administration, a period that began with high ideals and lofty rhetoric but, as chronicled in these stories, degenerated into a tale of Executive Branch irresolution and missed opportunities coupled with 'Guantánamo fatigue' on the part of the Supreme Court. The result was to leave the field to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which turned habeas corpus into a cruel joke, and Congress, which threw endless obstacles in President Obama's path. The precise timing and course of the endgame remains to be seen, although slowly but surely the prison population is dwindling, Spandau-like, to the point that even those most committed to keeping the place open will have to recognize how profligate and indefensible a waste of taxpayer resources it has become. Obama's Guantánamo helps ensure that the stories of the prisoners, their lawyers, and the public officials responsible for this overlong grim saga are remembered long after the doors are shuttered."
—Eugene R. Fidell, Yale University
"This collection of essays reveals the many ways in which the Obama administration, Congress, and the courts have all failed the Guantánamo prisoners. Its publication comes at an important time, with just months for President Obama to fulfill his 2009 promise to close the prison for good. Everyone in a position of power and authority in the U.S. should pay attention to what the lawyers have to say."
—Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison
"An alarming and important indictment of Obama's ineffectual approach to one of his signature campaign issues and of America's tarnished system of justice as a whole."
"These searing essays on the 'enduring prison' make an impressive follow up to The Guantanamo Lawyers, an earlier collection coedited by Hafetz...This book, from a legal perspective, looks deeply and insightfully into an American institution working in secret in the age of the War on Terror."
"Obama's Guantanamo...presents 14 essays from lawyers who work behind the scenes in the civilian habeas bar and the military commissions [that] make the case that Obama lost his way more than once when he had the chance to do the right thing, and retreated to the same failed positions of his predecessor."
—Los Angeles Review of Books
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