In anticipation of the presidential transition in January 2009, CNSS and other groups prepared recommendations to bring US policies on military detention back in line with international law and due process.
- Memorandum to the transition team: Recommendations for a new detention policy and for closing the prison at Guantanamo, from CNSS and the Brennan Center, December 2008
- Due Process and Issues Surrounding Detention: Considerations for the New Administration, Panel, Annual Review of National Security Law: American Bar Association, Kate Martin, November 7, 2008
- "Restoring the Rule of Law," Statement of the Center For National Security Studies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 2008
- "How the Administration's Failed Detainee Policies Have Hurt the Fight Against Terrorism: Putting the Fight Against Terrorism Back on Sound Legal Foundations," Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, July 2008
These proposals built on two previous recommendations:
Many other organizations also submitted recommendations for detention policy to the incoming administration in 2008. For specific recommendations about insuring humane treatment and ending torture, see, e.g., Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order On Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Evangelicals for Human Rights, and the Center for Victims of Torture, released June 25, 2008.