WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has made it impossible for lawyers and their clients at Guantanamo Bay to have confidence that their communications weren’t being recorded, a new report claims.
"The United States military and intelligence agencies have built an environment in which it is impossible for attorneys and their clients to have any privacy at all in Echo II," the report, from Seton Hall University School of Law's Center for Policy & Research, concludes.
"Every meeting room in which attorneys have been permitted to meet with their clients contained live microphones, disguised as ordinary objects, sensitive enough to detect the slightest whisper," the report states. "Every room in which attorneys have been permitted to meet with their clients contains cameras capable of the functional equivalent of detecting the slightest whisper – zooming in to read very tiny writing. Every whispered word can be heard. Every written word can be read."
The report comes as hearings scheduled at Guantanamo for next week were delayed in part because confidential emails between defense attorneys were exposed to the prosecution. Earlier this year, a military commissions judge was surprised to learn that an outside censor -- almost certainly the CIA -- had the ability to cut off the video feed of the proceeding.
On the barge
Barges move people from the the airport across Guantanamo Bay to the eastern side of the bay where the courtroom and the essential spots in Guantanamo are located.
Luggage on the barge
Luggage making its way across the bay.
Camp Justice is the name given to courtroom facility at Guantanamo.
Camp Justice Tents
Members of the media stay in large tents at Camp Justice, located close to the courtroom facility.
The media tent has a couch, a couple fridges and a large-screen television rendered useless by its lack of cable or a DVD player.
Media's Foosball Table
Old Airplane Hanger
Members of the media work out of rooms in an old airplane hanger located next to the courtroom facility.
Defense attorneys speak with members of the media in the old airplane hanger.
KSM & Co. In Court
A sketch by artist Janet Hamlin shows five Sept. 11 defendants on Jan. 28, 2013. Starting in the back row, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Ammar al Baluchi, Ramzi Binalshibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Sunrise over the courtroom facility. Photos of the structure must be taken from within a box painted on the ground and must only show the area between two utility poles that dot the barbed wire fence.
Old Courtroom Flag
An American flag set up by the old courtroom seen through razor wire surrounding the newer courtroom complex.
The entrance to the office for non-government organizations observing Guantanamo's military commissions process.
Radio GTMO Headquarters
Radio GTMO keeps troops entertained with the only English-language broadcasts on the base.
Obama's Photo At Radio GTMO
Radio GTMO Hosts
DJs at Radio GTMO discuss their work with visiting reporters.
Radio GTMO has an extensive vinyl collection.
The Mystery Machine
Someone at Guantanamo had their van painted to look like the one from Scooby Doo.
Sunset At Camp Justice
The sun sets over the Camp Justice sign at Guantanamo Bay.
Old Guantanamo Courtroom
The old Guantanamo courtroom now has secure offices used by the prosecution.
On The Guantanamo Barge
Journalists abord the barge that transports them from the airport to the side of the base where the courtroom facility is located.