Evidence: Gitmo Suicides a Broader Plot

New evidence indicates that the three Gitmo detainees who recently committed suicide used letters to coordinate their efforts with each other. By using notes that were intended for confidential communications between the detainees' lawyers and themselves, they were able to keep these messages from the prison guards. The notes passed along seem to indicate that a broader goal was in mind than simply killing themselves out of desperation as many anti-war and anti-Bush elements were hoping for.

(Washington Post) Three suicides at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may have been part of a broader plot by detainees who were using confidential lawyer-client papers and envelopes to pass handwritten notes their guards could not intercept, according to documents that government lawyers filed yesterday in federal court.

Detainees could apparently hide documents in their cells -- including instructions on how to tie knots and a classified U.S. military memo regarding cell locations of detainees and camp operational matters at Guantanamo -- by keeping the materials in envelopes labeled as lawyer-client communications… In an affidavit filed with the court, Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the facility's commander, said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has information that suggests the suicides "may have been part of a larger plan or pact for more suicides that day or in the immediate future."

Not only does this cast doubt upon the "desperation" claim,
which frankly was a ridiculous argument in the first place, but it also points suspicion at some of the lawyers for the detainees as well. NCIS is planning to investigate the possibility of third-party assistance in these deaths and has implied that lawyers may have acted improperly with regards to their attorney-client privileges. Of course, this behavior is not unprecedented for terrorist-sympathizing lawyers as seen with Lynne Stewart who was convicted of aiding and abetting terrorists in their efforts to kill innocent people abroad and even Americans here at home.

However, the community of attorneys that are defending the suspected Al Qaeda members at Guantanamo Bay are claiming that the idea of them playing a part in this incident is outrages and claimed this is only a conspiracy to keep their clients isolated. Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents most of the Guantanamo detainees, said the allegations that lawyers could have played a role in the suicides are "patently offensive" and "outrageous." She said the government is again trying to make it difficult for lawyers to represent the 450 detainees held there.

Ah, but I don’t for one second, take that argument seriously. And do you know why? Because that claim is coming from the Center for Constitutional Rights, “which represents most of the detainees”. And guess who
vigorously defended the convicted terrorist enabler Lynne Stewart…yup, the Center for Constitutional Rights. So we have terrorist-enablers, and the defenders of those enablers, defending terrorists against an Administration they hate, making statements that clearly show sympathy for Al Qaeda while painting their own country as the bad guy...damn they're a vile group. By the way, don't be surprised if some people get upset about this evidence and start claiming its spin form the military. That will be the typical response to this news because they already have their mind set on believing what they want to believe.