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Monitoring Of Attorney-Client Communications At Issue In Nashiri Hearing

Monitoring Of Attorney-Client Communications At Issue In Nashiri Hearing

At 0845, the accused was escorted into chamber and to his seat.  He chatted with lead defense counsel Rick Kammen and a translator. Aside, not previously mentioned: In the gallery, a section to the right is reserved for family members.  A curtain may be drawn to separate them from the rest of the gallery, presumably […]

At Guantanamo War Court, A Question About Classified Information

At Guantanamo War Court, A Question About Classified Information

Pre-Trial hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Day 2 At 0845, two guards, each with a hand on one of Nashiri’s shoulders, escorted the prisoner to his seat.  At 0904, Judge James P. Pohl took the bench. Classified information and Al Nashiri Major Allison Daniels, a thirty-ish woman,  argued this motion on Nashiri’s behalf, which dealt […]

Dispatch From Guantanamo: Can Spiral Notebooks Be Used As A Weapon?

Dispatch From Guantanamo: Can Spiral Notebooks Be Used As A Weapon?

The large courtroom has six, four-seat defense tables in a column, to the left of the courtroom, facing the front. The seat on the farthest left has a ring bolt beneath it, with a chain (concealed from the panel), for use if necessary. A column of five, three-seat desks sits on the right, with a box for the panel (“jury” not being the correct term) to its right. The bench, of course, is located at the front. Seats line the walls, looking outward from the walls. Say 24 on the left, and maybe 8 on the right to the front of the panel box. Military men sit in those chairs, all or most having earpieces, to provide security. They wear no visible sidearms, but our tour guide from the day before would not say whether they are armed. They rotate out every 15 minutes or so, to stay alert.

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