Gitmo Judge Convicts U.S. General—Because He Stood Up for Detainee Rights

Brigadier General John Baker protested the government’s surveillance of Guantanamo Bay defense lawyers. And that got him sentenced to 21 days in confinement.

…Baker is a senior officer within in the highly controversial military commissions process: the Chief of Defense Counsel. 

“The military commissions are willing to put people in jail for defending the rule of law,” Jay Connell, who represents another Guantanamo detainee facing a military commission, told The Daily Beast.

…Earlier this month, three civilian attorneys for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused bomber of the USS Cole in 2000, abruptly quit the death-penalty case. The attorneys said that they had significant reason to believe the government was listening in to their communications. [They were] barred them from discussing the issue with Nashiri, since it was classified. [Which means,] Nashiri had lost his lawyers without ever knowing exactly why.

Gitmo Judge Convicts U.S. General—Because He Stood Up for Detainee Rights

wild.

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