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On Sunday, Colwell issued what he called strong guidance to the 40 attorneys under his command, including more than 30 military officers, instructing them not to follow Woods’s order and to stop sending privileged material to their clients. Colwell also said he had objections to an order on arranging face-to-face meetings between defense attorneys and detainees, and told the attorneys not to execute or sign that either.
“It is my opinion that these orders, and the following procedures established by them, do not allow you to adequately safeguard attorney-client privileged communications,” Colwell wrote in an e-mail to defense attorneys, including a pool of nearly 100 civilian lawyers who are on call in case the government begins more military commissions.
In his order, Woods said the procedures are comparable to those governing interaction between detainees and the lawyers challenging their detention under the writ of habeas corpus in federal court in Washington, D.C.
But Zachary Katznelson, a senior lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union who has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees in federal court, said the communications of civilian lawyers in those cases are searched only for physical contraband and the materials are not read by the privilege team.
“In contrast, Woods defines contraband to include information,” Katznelson said. “He wants his monitors to read the contents of the communications and to possibly hold back — and potentially bring to his attention — information deemed outside the scope of representation. Critically, this would include any mention of U.S. personnel involved in torture and abuse of prisoners, even if directly related to the case. There is no such restriction on the habeas side.”
A Navy JAG officer (lawyer) recently said their offices were inundated with calls from flag officers who wanted a legal basis to refuse an order to attack Iran and to refuse to arrest American civilians without trial and render them to foreign prisons for torture. The JAG officers are thinking that they should apply the Geneva Convention to American civilians and defend them in military court. The JAG officer also said that military officers do not want to arrest Americans without trial because they would be turned into a sieve meaning Americans have at least 300 million guns and 10 billion bullets.
I suppose this is where I explain Oded Yinon and the Zionists really believe Israel has the right to all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates river in Iraq. They believe they have the right to destroy every Muslim nation that would say No to Zionist insanity. Why should America suffer self-immolation because Israel thinks national suicide just like at Masada is a wonderful idea?