Gitmo’s Indefensible Lawyers; Legal counsel to some of the detainees went far beyond vigorous representation of their clients

In the Wall Street Journal, Debra Burlingame and Thomas Joscelyn ask the question “Doesn’t the public have a right to know?”

On the evening of Jan. 26, 2006, military guards at Guantanamo Bay made an alarming discovery during a routine cell check. Lying on the bed of a Saudi detainee was an 18-page color brochure. The cover consisted of the now famous photograph of newly-arrived detainees dressed in orange jumpsuits — masked, bound and kneeling on the ground at Camp X-Ray — just four months after 9/11. Written entirely in Arabic, it also included pictures of what appeared to be detainee operations in Iraq. Major General Jay W. Hood, then the commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, concurred with the guards that this represented a serious breach of security.

Maj. Gen. Hood asked his Islamic cultural adviser to translate. The cover read: “Cruel. Inhuman. Degrades Us All: Stop Torture and Ill-Treatment in the ‘War on Terror.'” It was published by Amnesty International in the United Kingdom and portrayed America and its allies as waging a campaign of torture against Muslims around the globe.

“One thread that runs through many of the testimonies from prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq, and from Guantanamo,” the brochure read, “is that of anti-Arab, anti-Islamic, and other racist abuse.”

How did the detainee get it? More importantly, who gave it to him?

Majeed Abdullah Al Joudi, the detainee in whose cell the brochure was first found, told guards he received the brochure from his lawyer. An investigation by JTF-GTMO personnel revealed that Julia Tarver Mason, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, had sent it to Al Joudi and eight of the firm’s other detainee clients through “legal mail” — a designation for privileged lawyer-client communications that are exempt from screening by security personnel. Worse, the investigation showed that Ms. Mason’s clients passed it to other detainees not represented by Paul, Weiss lawyers. In all, more than a dozen detainees received a copy. … READ THE REST

Those lawyers who formerly worked for Republican administrations and that are criticizing Keep America Safe for calling al Qaeda’s lawyers what they are, i.e. al Qaeda’s lawyers, ought to read it two or three times. This is far from the first time Debra Burlingame has written or spoken out about the lawyers waging lawfare upon our Nation, the one al Qaeda continues to attack.

Many of the lawyers who freely took on the task of defending al Qaeda’s killers or advocating on their behalf not only undermined the legal underpinnings for detaining their clients, but also endangered our troops in combat against them abroad. Some call that indefensible; I call it treason.

  7 comments for “Gitmo’s Indefensible Lawyers; Legal counsel to some of the detainees went far beyond vigorous representation of their clients

  1. Johnny Cowart
    March 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    These lawyers should be hung immediately for treason. The fact is they will risk the lives of our soldiers and families, yet if their own families were at risk they would torture, or whatever they had to do to save them. Yet they wont do what they have to do to save my family.

  2. AllAcrossAmerica
    March 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    How in God’s Name does treasonous stuff like this go unnoticed???? If it where any other administration THE PRESS would be screaming!!!

    God Save USA!

  3. March 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This is despicable and to think lawyers now employed in our Justice Dept have been involved in this traitorous behavior is treasonous. Holder and his terrorist loving lawyers should be fired!

  4. March 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Its just unbelievable…

  5. March 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    “We obtained Justice Department accounts of some of those incidents under a Freedom of Information Act request. Examples included an incident in which a lawyer sent his detainee client the transcript of a virulently anti-American speech that compared military physicians to Joseph Mengele, the Nazi doctor of Auschwitz, called DOJ lawyers “desk torturers” and suggested that the “abuses carried out by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib . . . could involve the President in the commission of war crimes.”

    So it seems that the Obama’s DOJ lawyers are directly involved in Al Qaeda recruitment. No act of treason of this sort could endanger our military or our citizens more directly. Thus, not only are they working to release accomplished terrorists into the world, but are working at the front end to create more of them.

    • March 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

      Egads! The ACLU and CCR lawyers are correct; Gitmo is a recruiting tool that they themselves are using. Regardless of whether it is by design or as a byproduct of their insidious litigation to undermine the military defense of our Nation, the outcome is the same.

      • March 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

        Of course its by design! Don’t look at the evidence, look at the seriousness of the charge! /s

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