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Friday, January 14, 2011

Witness from Guantanamo—A Conversation with Carol Rosenberg and Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL

A special event featuring Carol Rosenberg, staff writer for The Miami Herald, in conversation with Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL, former New York Times Supreme Court reporter and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School, will take place on Tuesday, January 25, at Yale Law School. The conversation, “Witness from Guantanamo,” begins at 12:15 p.m. in Room 127. It is free and open to the public.

Rosenberg has been covering Guantanamo Bay since the first day detainees arrived at the naval base. Since that time, she has issued hundreds of dispatches and, at one point, was banned from reporting. As Rosenberg has described it,

“Guantanamo’s Camp Justice is a place where you can sit at your laptop or by your phone only if there’s a member of the military within earshot. It’s a place where you can go to court only in the custody of a military public affairs officer. Inside, if there’s only one escort — this happened recently — and somebody has to go to the bathroom, every reporter has to leave court, too. It’s a place where a soldier stands over your shoulder, looks in your viewfinder and says ‘Don't take that picture, I’ll delete it.’”

The event is sponsored by the Yale Information Society Project and Knight Law and Media Program. It is made possible by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale University.

Carol Rosenberg has been a staff writer with The Miami Herald for the past 20 years. She was hired as the Middle East correspondent on the eve of the first Gulf War—her first staff byline was from Baghdad, Sept. 1, 1990—and spent four years there for The Herald covering terror, conflicts and culture as part of a seven-year stint in the region, time that set the stage for her now nearly 10-year stint focusing on Guantanamo. The Herald dispatched her to the Guantanamo Navy base in January 2002, on the eve of the arrival of the first 20 captives, in what evolved into an unrivaled commitment to cover the offshore experiment in detention in “The War on Terror,” the place, the policy and the legal proceedings down there. When the Pentagon isn’t putting her up in Tent City at Guantanamo’s “Camp Justice,” she lives in Miami Beach and shuttles to the Navy Base in southeast Cuba under military escort via Washington D.C., on average once a month, and made her last trip to the Middle East for the 2006 Hezbollah war. Her dispatches can be found at www.miamiherald.com/guantanamo and, when court is in session and the Pentagon controlled web access is working, she tweets live from Guantanamo at twitter.com/Guantanamo.

Linda Greenhouse is Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and currently writes a bi-weekly column on law for the Times. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and holds an MSL from Yale Law School.