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Michael J. Quigley

Senior Fellow, National Security

As Senior Advisor for National Security, Michael J. Quigley leads Human Rights First’s efforts to shift the United States off the perpetual war footing on which its current counterterrorism efforts rest, and end the law of war rationale which undergirds policies regarding military detention, custody, trial, and targeting.

Michael comes to Human Rights First with extensive experience in military operations, national security policy, intelligence collection and analysis, and counter-terrorism strategies having spent 24 years on active duty, both enlisted and commissioned service, in the US Army and the US Navy respectively. Career highlights include, service as the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; Al-Qaeda in Iraq Branch Chief for the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC); Interrogation Section Chief and Senior High-Value Detainee Interrogator at Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay; Deputy Chief of Human Intelligence Operations with a US Special Operations Command task force in Iraq; Assistant Naval Attaché in both Malta and Belgium; and as a Professional Staff Member and Interrogation Subject Matter Expert on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the recent investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in European History from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is presently studying for a second masters in Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. Michael is a highly decorated military professional having received the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, three Joint Service Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as numerous campaign and service medals reflecting service in Iraq, Bosnia, Europe, the Middle East, and off the coast of Libya.

Michael has been published in the US Naval Institute’s professional journal, PROCEEDINGS, and in the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief.

August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley In 2009 with bi-partisan support, the Senate intelligence committee began an investigation of the CIA’s use of so-called “enhanced...
July 17, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley. Why do we give credence to those who say, “The war against terrorism is failing—so keep it up”? Critics of President Barack Obama...
July 15, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley. What’s the best way to bring terrorists to justice? The U.S. government’s handling of Ahmed Abu Khattala is shaping up to be a model...