Saturday, July 08, 2006
The Gitmo War Rages On
I’ve wondered how our government would get around the criticisms of Guantanamo, stemming from the prisoner suicides. For awhile, it was looking like there would be a push to close the prison, but after reading , I think that the government may spin these suicides as a calculated effort of warfare, rather than suicides stemming from despair.

Three suicides at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may have been part of a broader plot by detainees who were using confidential lawyer-client papers and envelopes to pass handwritten notes their guards could not intercept, according to documents that government lawyers filed yesterday in federal court.

Detainees could apparently hide documents in their cells -- including instructions on how to tie knots and a classified U.S. military memo regarding cell locations of detainees and camp operational matters at Guantanamo -- by keeping the materials in envelopes labeled as lawyer-client communications. Notes that investigators found after the suicides on June 10 were apparently written on the back of notepaper stamped "Attorney Client Privilege," which allowed detainees to communicate secretly without interference, according to government officials.

Without even getting into the government’s attempt to limit attorney-client privilege (I’m actually surprised they have this privilege), this entire thing reads like a war being played out in the media. On one side, the government is trying to paint these deaths as some sort of calculated effort, while human rights groups are trying to paint these deaths as a sign that Gitmo sucks. Right now, I can’t tell which side is correct - though I have to say, I’m not quite sure what these human rights groups have to gain by closing Gitmo. I don’t buy the whole Conservative blogger conspiracy that human rights groups are for some reason out to screw the US. That just makes no sense.

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