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ERIC Number: EJ848941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Scholars Race to Preserve Guantanamo Records
Howard, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n41 pA1 Jul 2009
To make sure the details of Guantanamo endure, Mark P. Denbeaux and some colleagues are creating a Guantanamo Bay Detention Center archive. It will be a repository of the records and first-person accounts of hundreds of defense lawyers who have worked on detainee cases. With the fate of many detainees still in limbo--the Obama administration is debating whether some will be held indefinitely and whether all will receive public trials--the archive may turn out to be one of the few public sources of information about what really happened at Guantanamo. With the help of Michael Nash, director of New York University's Tamiment Library, Mr. Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz, a fellow Guantanamo defense attorney who works for the American Civil Liberties Union and is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall's law school, are trying to collect as much primary material as possible now, before stories and documents disappear. The archive will be housed at Seton Hall and at NYU. Mr. Denbeaux and Mr. Hafetz believe that time is of the essence. "Information can disappear so easily," Mr. Hafetz says. What is available on a government Web site today may be gone tomorrow. A protective order that governs Guantanamo records leaves room for the government to destroy documents, including lawyers' notes, or put them off-limits in the name of national security. To undertake an ambitious project like this, one needs good institutional partners. Monica McCormick, program officer for digital scholarly publishing at NYU, sees the Guantanamo archive as a promising example of how university presses and libraries can work together for mutual benefit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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