Along with 13 other “high value” Gitmo inmates.
WASHINGTON — Fourteen “high value” terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval prison have been offered the right to ask for attorneys, The Washington Post reported.
The move could allow the suspects to join other detainees in challenging their status as “enemy combatants” in a U.S. appeals court, the newspaper reported in its Friday editions.
The prisoners include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. They have had no access to lawyers while they were being held at Guantanamo or at secret CIA prisons overseas. They were transferred to the U.S. facility at Guantanamo last year.
The prisoners have been entitled to military “personal representatives” to assist them during the process that determined whether they were enemy combatants.
U.S. officials have argued against allowing the prisoners access to lawyers without special security precautions out of fear that elements of the CIA’s secret detention program or its interrogation techniques could be revealed.
Ah, they’re just worried about nothing. It’s not like we’ve had any history of a lawyer for terrorists actually helping terrorists or anything.