nationalsecuritylaw Upcoming Event (11/14 at 6:30pm): “A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military COmmission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay”

A Conversation With Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:30pm – 8 pm

NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th St, NYC (between 5th and 6th Avenues)


The Guantanamo Bay military commissions have become one of the biggest legal controversies of the past decade. Attorneys representing military commission defendants have faced reading of their legal mail, monitoring devices in attorney-client meeting rooms, and interruption of arguments by an outside intelligence agency. Jess Bravin, author of The Terror Courts, will discuss the recent history of the military commissions; two of the defense attorneys, Commander Walter Ruiz and James Connell, will describe the ongoing challenge of trying to practice law at Guantanamo.

This is a follow-up to a program at the Association with Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions.

MODERATOR: Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

SPEAKERS: James Connell, Learned Counsel for Ammar al Baluchi, and Commander Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., Learned Counsel for Mustafa Al Hawsawi

CO-SPONSORING COMMITTEES: Military Affairs & Justice Committee (Maia Goodell, Chair) & The Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law (Jonathan Hafetz, Chair)

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