U.S. Seeks To Restrict Attorney-Client Communication At Guantanamo Bay

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Inmates at Guantanamo Bay will have significantly less communication with their attorneys if the U.S. government has its way. Government officials claim that attorneys are providing prisoners with “inflammatory information,” e.a., reports of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

Approval is being sought for new rules that would restrict attorneys to only four visits to their Guantanamo Bay clients, and would restrict the topics under discussion and the information that can be shared. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. is currently reviewing a Guantanamo Bay case, and the court’s ruling on that case will affect all detainees.

According to an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, none of the attorney actions objected to breaks prison rules or violates prison security.

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