Mulgrew To Play Military JudgeBy T'Bonz
February 5, 2008 - 9:49 PM
Kate Mulgrew, best known to Star Trek fans as Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager, will appear in a film recreating the Guantanamo military tribunal.
As reported at WTOPnews.com, Mulgrew will join Peter Riegert (Animal House, Law & Order) and Sig Libowitz (Law & Order) as one of three military judges at Guantanamo, who have to figure out how to balance civil liberties and national security in the thirty-minute movie The Response.
"Most Americans are not aware of what is happening in these tribunals, really not aware enough, in my opinion, of what is going on at Guantanamo," said Aasif Mandvi, who plays the suspected convict. "It's just a really important little film and I hope that people see it." Mandvi is best known as a fake news correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The Response offers a recreation of the proceedings at Guantanamo, the U.S. military base in Cuba, where approximately 275 people are being detained in a detention facility built to house those suspected of ties to either al-Qaida or the Taliban. The detention facility was opened shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.
Terror suspects detained there have no recourse in U.S. Civilian courts. Their only chance to prove their innocence is to appear before the tribunals, which are meant to determine whether the suspects are being properly classified as enemy combatants.
Mulgrew, who plays a conservative colonel in the movie who believes that the president should have the right to detain people considered a national security thread, believes that the treatment of Guantanamo detainees is "absurd".
The Response may be shown at law schools, colleges and high schools, film festivals and perhaps on television.
In other Mulgrew news as reported at Totally Kate, it was reported that "A Day With Friends" with Mulgrew and Samantha Eggar has been canceled. No reason was given by the organizer of the event.