In the last few months, the small commercial air service to the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been carrying people the military authorities had hoped would never be allowed there: American lawyers…. An important ingredient in accomplishing that, he and other military officials at the base said, was isolation from the outside world. The arrival of defense lawyers at Guantánamo is an irreversible disruption of that isolation. The lawyers represent the detainees’ access not only to federal courts but also to the international news media; the only other authorized visitors, foreign officials and representatives of the Red Cross, do not generally speak publicly about the detainees.
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