03.11.2007

Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pages 002954–003064, a public readin

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Date/Time: 11/03/2007 12:00 am


Dear friends —
Below is the invite for the first realization of the collaborative project
I’ve been involved with here in New York, with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes,
Ashley Hunt and David Thorne, scheduled for next Sunday, March 11th at
Judson Church. It is a staged, public reading of transcripts pulled from
tribunals held for prisoners at Guantanamo. Details are below…
If you’re in New York, please come! And please tell anyone you think would
like to attend!!!
All the Best,
Katya
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The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School presents:
“Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pages 002954–003064, a public reading”
Sunday, March 11th
4-9pm
free admission
@ the gym at Judson Memorial Church
Enter at 243 Thompson, just below Washington Square South
“Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pages 002954–003064,” is a five-hour
public reading of 15 Combatant Status Review Tribunals held at the U.S.
military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba between July 2004 and March
2005. This 110-page excerpt is a small fraction of the massive collection of
transcripts released on the internet by the U.S. Department of Defense from
the 558 tribunals held over the nine month period.
The Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) were set up by the Department
of Defense in response to the Supreme Court decision in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld,
in which it was determined that enemy combatants held at Guantanamo had
certain minimal legal rights, including the right to contest their
detention. The tribunals, established to determine that each detainee had
been correctly designated as an enemy combatant, were additionally designed
by the Department of Defense to belatedly address Article 5 of the Geneva
Conventions. During each tribunal, the U.S. government presents its
unclassified accusations against the detainee and the detainee then has an
“opportunity” to rebut these charges. The detainee is given personal
representation but is not given proper legal counsel, he is not allowed to
see, or therefore rebut, classified information.
The sheer volume of transcripts released on the internet by the DoD has
effectively obscured them from public view. “Combatant Status Review
Tribunals, pages 002954–003064,” stages an excerpt of these proceedings as a
gesture of making the CRSTs public, with all their fabrications,
inconsistencies and contradictions.
Readers include Kyle deCamp, Kouross Esmaeli, Judy Greene, Patricia
Hoffbauer, Dan Hurlin, Jesal Kapadia, Lloyd Porter, George Emilio Sanchez
and Suhail Shadoud.
“Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pages 002954–003064, a public reading”
is a part of the collaborative project called Scripts by Andrea Geyer,
Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. The event will be
recorded live and will then become part of an installation to be completed
June 2007.
For more information contact:
Vera List Center for Art and Politics
212.229.2436

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