Gitmo Lawyers: Agents Are Spying on Us

Guantanamo commander admits that cells are bugged
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2013 5:33 PM CST
Gitmo Lawyers: Agents Are Spying on Us
The self-proclaimed terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, right, talks with a female member of his legal team at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.    (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

A defense lawyer for alleged 9/11 attackers is crying foul after spotting hidden listening devices in cells used to meet with her clients at Guantanamo Bay, the Guardian reports. And the response from Gitmo's commander—that the bugs were set up by secret agents, yet no eavesdropping is underway—didn't add up for one human rights counsel observing the hearings. "It's not clear who knows what about how it was being used," she said.

Lawyers for the accused also grew concerned after noting the hyper-sensitivity of courtroom microphones—which may be strong enough to pick up their private chatter with clients. Seeing the courtroom's audio feed to the public go dead last month during a discussion of CIA "black sites" only added to their worry that intelligence agents were listening in, they said. Not to mention that Gitmo authorities have seized confidential legal documents from cells of the accused. "We need to stop this now," said one attorney. "This affects our ability to do our jobs." (More Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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