Seton Hall reports

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Seton Hall report, also known as the Denbeaux study, refers to several studies, published beginning in 2006, about the detainees and United States government policy related to operations at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp; they are published by the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University Law School and based on data maintained and released by the Department of Defense. The director of the Center, Mark P. Denbeaux, supervised law student teams in their analysis and preparation of the reports.[1] The first study was Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data (February 8, 2006).

By late 2009, Professor Denbeaux had supervised the preparation of fifteen studies on Guantanamo for the Center for Policy and Research. The studies have been cited in both houses of Congress, for instance, by the Senate Armed Services Committee, and by national and international press.

Denbeaux and his son, Joshua Denbeaux, were the lead names on the first and several succeeding studies. They have a law firm together and are the legal representatives for the Guantanamo detainees Rafiq Bin Bashir Bin Jalud Al Hami and Mohammed Abdul Rahman, both from Tunisia.[2]

Studies[edit]

Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data (February 8, 2006)
  • Based on the Summary of Evidence memos prepared for 517 Guantanamo captives' Combatant Status Review Tribunals, first published in the Winter and Spring of 2005.[3]
  • Asserted that about 5% of the detainees had been captured by United States soldiers on a battlefield; 86% were captured by Afghan and Pakistanis or Pakistani border guards. They turned over prisoners to US forces, when the US was widely paying bounties of $5,000 per prisoner.[3]
Inter- and Intra-Departmental Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy (20 March 2006)
  • Based on the CSRT Summary of Evidence memos prepared for 517 Guantanamo captives, published in 2005.[4]
  • Asserted that the continued detention of many captives was based only on allegations of associations with certain organizations, but these were not included among the USA's public lists of those suspected of ties to terrorism.[4]
  • Concluded either that the public lists, such as the "no-fly lists", were permitting individuals to enter the USA who had other meaningful ties to terrorism, or that the organizations cited to justify detention at Guantanamo did not have significant ties to terrorism.[4]
The Guantanamo Detainees During Detention: Data from Department of Defense Records (July 10, 2006)
  • Summarizes the Department of Defense reports of "hanging incidents" and "self-harm" incidents by detainees, and how many times captives were cited for infractions of the camp rules.[5]
June 10th Suicides at Guantanamo (August 21, 2006)
  • Described discrepancies in the public record related to the first three reported suicides in Guantanamo.[6]
No-Hearing Hearings (November 17, 2006)
  • Analyzed compliance of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) with their own rules and the rule of law.[7]
  • Was the first study to document that new Tribunals were routinely convened to reverse the determinations of Tribunals that had ruled that captives had not been "enemy combatants" .[7]
  • Described incidents when Tribunals broke their own rules.[7]
The 14 Myths of Guantánamo: Senate Armed Services Committee Statement of Mark P. Denbeaux. Denbeaux testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 26, 2007
  • Based on the studies done by the Center for Policy and Research, revealed 14 myths which the Bush administration had been saying about Guantanamo detainees and operations.[8]
The Empty Battlefield and the Thirteenth Criterion (November 8, 2007)
  • Students at the West Point Military Academy published an analysis of the documents the Department of Defense published about the captives.[9] The Seton Hall study is a commentary on the West Point report.
The Meaning of "Battlefield": An Analysis of the Government’s Representations of ‘Battlefield Capture’ and ‘Recidivism’ of the Guantánamo Detainees (12/10/07), Professor Denbeaux's Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on C-SPAN

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Captured on Tape: Interrogation and Videotaping of Detainees in Guantánamo (February 7, 2008)[11]
  • Asserts that, contrary to the protestations of Bush administration spokesmen, the published record shows that all of the 24,000 interrogations conducted at Guantanamo were videotaped, and that analysts prepared extensive notes.
Justice Scalia, the Department of Defense, and The Perpetuation of an Urban Legend: The Truth about Recidivism of Released Guantánamo Detainees (June 16, 2008)[12]
Profile of Released Guantánamo Detainees: The Government's Story Then and Now (August 4, 2008)
  • This report concludes that the release of captives has depended more on their nationality, than an assessment as to whether they represented a security risk.[13][14]
Released Guantánamo Detainees and the Department of Defense: Propaganda by the Numbers? (January 15, 2009)
  • This report challenges the assertions of Department of Defense spokesmen that an increasing number of former Guantanamo captives have "returned to supporting terrorism".[15]
Torture: Who Knew -- An Analysis of the FBI and Department of Defense Reactions to Harsh Interrogation Methods at Guantánamo (April 1, 2009)
  • Citing FBI accounts, this report concludes that the various generals assigned to investigate reports of torture at Guantanamo failed to look at the observations filed by FBI agents of what they observed.[16][17]

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  • This report analyzes the heavily redacted NCIS report published in August 2008 about the investigation of deaths of three detainees on June 10, 2006, which DOD had said were suicides.[18][19]

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Detainees' profile[edit]

The Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data February 8, 2006, also known as the Denbeaux study (2006), was the first study on Guantanamo prepared under the supervision of Professor Mark Denbeaux of Seton Hall University, the director of its Center for Policy and Research.[20] Denbeaux and his son Joshua Denbeaux, an attorney for two Guantánamo detainees, oversaw a statistical analysis by law students of the unclassified information available from the Department of Defense about the Guantánamo Bay detainees. The study was published by Seton Hall University's Center for Policy and Research.

The students analyzed:

  1. Where the documents said the detainees were captured.
  2. Who the documents said captured the detainees.
  3. The relationship the documents alleged existed between the detainee and al Qaeda.
  4. The relationship the documents alleged existed between the detainee and the Taliban.

Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice opined:[21]

Already, however, we now know much more about how "dangerous" they really are because of a stunning, heavily documented investigation by the Seton Hall (New Jersey) School of Law. Titled "Report on Guantánamo Detainees," it profiles 517 of the prisoners at Gitmo entirely based on "analysis of Department of Defense data.

An editorial by the BBC's John Simpson summarized the study:[22]

  • 92% of the Guantanamo detainees had not been al-Qaeda fighters.
  • only 5% of the Guantanamo detainees were captured by American forces.
  • 440 of 517 detainees (86%) appeared to have been captured by bounty hunters, in return for a $5,000 reward from the US for each prisoner.
Flyer reads: "You can receive millions of dollars for helping the Anti-Taliban Force catch Al-Qaida and Taliban murderers."

The study reveals that the 92% of the detainees who were not alleged to be al-Qaeda fighters were alleged to be either al-Qaeda or Taliban members, or members of affiliated hostile groups. Of these "other affiliated groups," a second Center report notes that some of the groups are not included in the government's published lists of terrorist organizations.[23]

The cited primary sources in the study did not include data on actual bounties. One example of a bounty was given in the references: that of Salim Hamdan, who was known to have worked directly for Osama Bin Laden. The reference comes from an article in the New York Times Magazine.[24]

The study says:

In a handful of cases the detainee's possession of a Casio watch or the wearing olive-drab clothing is cited as evidence that the detainee is an enemy combatant. No basis is given to explain why such evidence makes the detainee an enemy combatant.

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Several international news sources noticed this use of the possession of a model of watch as evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay[25] with detainees "shocked" that wearing a cheap popular watch sold worldwide could be used against them when "millions and millions of people have these types of Casio watches".[26] Abdulla Kamel al Kandari told his tribunal he had no idea that the watch was associated with terrorism,[27] that the four Muslim chaplains at Guantanamo all wore this model of watch [28] and described the features of his watch that signal the call to prayers to a devout Muslim .[29] Salih Uyar told his tribunal: "If it's a crime to carry this watch? Your own military personnel also carry this watch, too. Does that mean that they're just terrorists as well?"[30] [31][32] Other detainees described how it's compass was used to face Mecca,[33] and being waterproof it endured ritual wash up before prayer.[26]

The lead authors are the legal representatives of two Guantánamo Bay detainees: Rafiq Bin Bashir Bin Jalud Al Hami and Mohammed Abdul Rahman[2]

Major Michael Shavers, a Pentagon spokesman, called the 2006 study about the detainees "flawed because its authors didn't have access to classified evidence."[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Center for Policy & Research: Guantánamo Reports". Seton Hall University. 
  2. ^ a b "TD Blog Interview with Joshua Denbeaux". The Talking Dog. 2006-04-05. 
  3. ^ a b Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-02-08). "Report on Guantanamo Detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b c Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-03-20). "Second Report on the Guantanamo Detainees: Inter- and Intra-Departmental Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  5. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-07-10). "The Guantanamo Detainees During Detention Data from Department of Defense Records". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-08-21). "June 10th Suicides at Guantanamo". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. 
  7. ^ a b c Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-11-17). "No-Hearing Hearings". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. 
  8. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2007-04-26). "The 14 Myths of Guantánamo: Senate Armed Services Committee Statement of Mark P. Denbeaux. Professor Mark P. Denbeaux testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. 
  9. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2006-11-17). "The Empty Battlefield and the Thirteenth Criterion". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. 
  10. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2007-12-10). "The Meaning of "Battlefield": An Analysis of the Government’s Representations of ‘Battlefield Capture’ and ‘Recidivism’ of the Guantánamo Detainees". Seton Hall University. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  mirror
  11. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2008-02-07). "Captured on Tape: Interrogation and Videotaping of Detainees in Guantánamo". Seton Hall University. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  mirror
  12. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2008-06-16). "Justice Scalia, the Department of Defense, and The Perpetuation of an Urban Legend: The Truth about Recidivism of Released Guantánamo Detainees". Seton Hall University. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  mirror
  13. ^ Mark Denbeaux (2008-08-04). "Profile of Released Guantánamo Detaines: The Government's Story Then and Now -- Cover Statement". Seton Hall University. 
  14. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2008-08-04). "Profile of Released Guantánamo Detainees: The Government's Story Then and Now". Seton Hall University. 
  15. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2009-01-15). "Released Guantánamo Detainees and the Department of Defense: Propaganda by the Numbers?". Seton Hall University. 
  16. ^ "Seton Hall Law Students Reveal that Generals Knew Guantanamo Detainees Were Tortured". Seton Hall University. 2009-04-01. 
  17. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. (2009-04-01). "Torture: Who Knew -- An Analysis of the FBI and Department of Defense Reactions to Harsh Interrogation Methods at Guantánamo". Seton Hall University. 
  18. ^ . Seton Hall University http://law.shu.edu/administration/public_relations/press_releases/2009/htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Mark Denbeaux et al. Seton Hall University http://law.shu.edu/center_policyresearch/reports/final.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ a b Mark Denbeaux et. all. (February 8, 2006). "Report on Guantanamo detainees: A Profile of 517 Detainees". Seton Hall University. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  21. ^ Hentoff, Nat, " The Worst of the Worst? A report, based entirely on Defense Department documents, exposes the truth about Guantánamo", Village Voice, March 3, 2006
  22. ^ "No surprises in the war on terror", BBC, February 13, 2006
  23. ^ Mark Denbeaux, Joshua Denbeaux (2006-03-20). "Second report on the Guantanamo detainees: Inter- and Intra-Departmental Disagreements About Who Is Our Enemy". Seton Hall University School of Law. 
  24. ^ Jonathan Mahler (January 8, 2006). "The Bush Administration vs. Salim Hamdan". New York Times Magazine. 
  25. ^ Incoherencies, Eponymies: Proofs of Accusations Often Skimpy, Le Monde, 13 March 2006
  26. ^ a b "Common Casio watch becomes evidence at Guantanamo". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. , 9 March 2006
  27. ^ Sketches of Guantanamo detainees-Part II, Boston Globe, 15 March 2006
  28. ^ Voices Baffled, Brash and Irate in Guantánamo, New York Times, 6 March 2006
  29. ^ Guantanamo detainee accused of having digital watch, Dawn (newspaper), 8 March 2006
  30. ^ Details of some Guantanamo hearings, Center for International Policy, March 5, 2006
  31. ^ Detainees' cases show another side of Gitmo, USA Today, 3 November 2004
  32. ^ Details from the Guantanamo Transcripts, NPR
  33. ^ US releases more Guantanamo files, BBC, 4 April 2006
  34. ^ "The Shame of Guantanamo", Washington Post Writers Group, February 21, 2006

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