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Albania: Getting out of Gitmo
Extended Interviews
Matthew Waxman
Matthew Waxman

Currently a professor at Columbia Law School in New York City, Matthew Waxman served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs in 2004-2005, a position created to advise then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on detainee matters. He left for a job at the State Department after repeated clashes with the administration over prisoner treatment. In this interview with reporter Alex Poolos, Waxman shares his thoughts on the initial vision behind Guantanamo, where the Bush administration’s detainee policy went wrong and what it would take for the Obama administration to close the prison.
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Vijay Padmanabhan
Vijay Padmanabhan

Vijay Padmanabhan is a former State Department lawyer who worked on negotiations for the repatriation of U.S. detainees to their own home countries or resettlement in third-party countries. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City.Here, Padmanabhan talks with reporter Alex Poolos about the U.S. strategy for negotiating detainee transport from Guantanamo Bay, the case of the Chinese Uighurs and the complicated question of whether Guantanamo detainees will ever be brought to U.S. soil.
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Abu Bakker Qassim
Abu Bakker Qassim

Abu Bakker Qassim is one of the five Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority group in western China, who were picked up in Afghanistan after 9/11 and detained at Guantanamo Bay for seven years, after which they were sent by the U.S. government to live in Albania. Here, he talks with FRONTLINE/World reporter Alexandra Poolos about the reasons he was in Afghanistan in the first place, his detention at Guantanamo Bay and the difficulty of assimilating into Albanian culture.
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