Circling the Gitmo Wagons

The more the courts find a sliver of legal recourse for the inmates at Gitmo, the vast majority of whom were not picked up by U.S. servicemembers and many of whom are innocent, the more the Pentagon pushes back. The intimidation of prisoners and the deliberate attempt to poison relations between them and lawyers is part of a long campaign to suppress the truth about the camp and the appalling injustices that have occurred there and in the detention system in general. The Pentagon denies this, but at this point, they get no benefit of the doubt from me:

Clive A. Stafford Smith, a lawyer who represents 35 detainees, said one of his clients, Omar Deghayes, a Libyan, had said that in lawyer-client meetings at Guantánamo, “we all know that everything we say in these rooms is being monitored by them.” Military officials say they do not eavesdrop on those meetings.

Mr. Stafford Smith also said several of his clients had described what he said were efforts by Guantánamo officials to foster detainees’ distrust of the lawyers. He said detainees had described investigators’ telling them that their lawyers were Jewish or gay or that prisoners with lawyers were less likely to be released than those without them.

Mr. Stafford Smith and other lawyers also said clients had told them of investigators who posed as lawyers and then questioned detainees. 

Gays and Jews. Where the expedience of some meets the bigotry of others.