Penn State expert discusses Guantanamo Bay on WPSU

May 27, 2009

Professor will share insight about pros and cons of decision to close Guantanamo Bay

University Park, Pa. -- United States President Barack Obama’s executive order to close Guantanamo Bay poses some major challenges for the U.S. Some of the prisoners are known to be dangerous and can never be released, others face a trial of some kind, and still others are no longer considered a threat. There are many questions about what should ultimately be done with all of them. The closing of Guantanamo signifies a new era in U.S. detention policy. This timely topic will be discussed on the next "Conversations from Penn State."

The show will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 11. The show also can be viewed at

"Conversations from Penn State" is a new series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

This episode with Professor Gregory S. McNeal will focus on the pros and cons of closing Guantanamo Bay, and the challenges of creating new detention policies. McNeal is a visiting professor of law at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and an academic fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. McNeal has done extensive research on counterterrorism with a focus in criminal law and procedure, national security law, and international criminal law. He has advised congress on counterterrorism issues, advised the prosecution team in Guantanamo Bay, and helped write counterterrorism legislation for the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

For more than 20 years, Patty Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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