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Guantanamo lawyers claim US government eavesdropped on client meetings

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees claim that the US government of has eavesdropped on conversations with their clients [CCR press release], according to court papers filed Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website]. The filing came as part of a 2007 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit [case materials; JURIST report] in which lawyers for Guantanamo detainees are seeking documents related to possible monitoring of attorney-client meetings. CCR said in a statement that "These attorneys believe they may have been targeted by the government’s warrantless wiretapping program that began shortly after September 11, 2001 because of their representation of Guantánamo prisoners labeled 'enemy combatants' by the government. "

The Justice Department refused to comment on the allegations Tuesday, but has said in a March filing that it could neither confirm nor deny that detainees' lawyers had been targets of such surveillance. The New York Times has more.

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