Captain Eric G. Kaniut of the United States Navy served as the supervising officer over the 2005 OARDEC board, and the Administrative Review Boards convened for each detainee, at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
His 1994 Masters Thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School was entitled United Nations Reform: The Need for Legitimacy
He has been awarded two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals.
Initially the Bush Administration had ruled that the Department of Defense was not obliged to provide any opportunity for the Guantanamo captives to learn, and attempt to refute, the allegations used to justify their continued extrajudicial detention.
One of the effects of the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush was that the DoD had to provide an opportunity for the captives to learn and respond to the allegations against them. The one-time Combatant Status Review Tribunals and the Administrative Review Boards were the "administrative procedures" the DoD designed to fulfill the Supreme Court's requirement.
According to the International Herald Tribune Kaniut asserted:"The bottom line we look at is whether they are a threat to the U.S."
"...are just like a parole board"
One critic responded to Kaniut's description that the Tribunals and Boards were "just like a parole board" by asking.
"So the detainees, not having been convicted of anything, are facing a parole board: a scenario worthy of Kafka."
According to The New Republic, Kaniut asserted that the protections these procedures provided were "unprecedented".
More than half the captives declined to attend their Administrative Review Board hearings. When asked to explain the lack of participation Kaniut attributed it to the captive's cynicism.
In a profile in The Wire Kaniut said: