Alexa Koenig

The breaking of bodies and minds: task force report confirms complicity of US

Alexa Koenig writes for The Huffington Post, November 7, 2013

My research into detainee experiences confirms the task force’s finding that the Department of Defense and CIA improperly demanded that U.S. military and intelligence health professionals collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees at Guantánamo and other U.S. military detention facilities.

Department of Justice ‘white paper’ full of contradictions

Alexa Koenig writes for US News and World Report, Debate Club, February 6, 2013

President Obama has repeatedly confirmed that taking the lives of Americans—even those affiliated with terrorist organizations—is subject to constitutional due process protections. The recent white paper justifying drone strikes against U.S. citizens is therefore a troubling contradiction.

Koenig applies legal expertise to safeguarding human rights

Alexa Koenig interviewed by Marin Independent Journal, February 3, 2013

“I found that for men who were placed in Guantanamo, far away from anyone else who understood their culture or spoke their language, it was sometimes as bad as if not worse than being in solitary confinement, because they were so isolated from any human interaction or understanding.”

Portland attorney wins $25B terrorism judgment

Alexa Koenig quoted in Portland Press Herald, February 1, 2013

Alexa Koenig, executive director of the Human Rights Center at the University of California School of Law in Berkeley, said in an email: “While I’m skeptical as to whether the impact of such judgments could be measured in any meaningful way, certainly any tools that can be used to mitigate the threat of terrorism are laudable. At a minimum, such judgments send a strong symbolic message about the extent to which terrorist acts are condemned.”