Debra Burlingame

Did the detainees’ lawyers lie?

Nearly all of what has been stated to the media by many in the Guantanamo Bay Bar Association about the treatment of detainees is based solely upon the word of the detainees. Those allegations were furthered by public relations campaigns, “corroborated” by numerous editorial boards, and echoed by lazy reporters working for the same media outlets.

On March 14, 2007, the senior partner, Rohan S. Weerasinghe, for the law firm that represented (until last year) the twelve Guantanamo detainees known as the “Kuwaiti 12” publicly responded to Debra Burlingame’s op-ed Gitmo‚Äôs Guerrilla Lawyers in a letter to the Wall Street Journal’s editor.