Professor Ramzi Kassem was a featured guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Saturday discussing President Obama’s recent address at the National Defense University about the U.S.’s counterterrorism policy and the future of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Kassem represents some of the men held at Guantanamo.
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He also spoke with Rolling Stone about the president’s address and said, “Obama already has the legal authority to release prisoners. He must now take action — speeches do not suffice.”
Prof. Kassem is the director of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and oversees the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility project at CUNY Law. Before joining the CUNY Law faculty in 2009, Professor Kassem was a Robert M. Cover Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he taught in the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic as well as the Worker & Immigrant Rights & Advocacy Clinic. Professor Kassem also previously served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught in the International Justice Clinic.