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Because one above the law. 
August 30, 2013
Mr. Michael Quinn
Chief Staff the Secretary Defense
Office Military Commissions
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, 223 50-2100
Re: Non-Government Organization Observer Selection Policy
Dear Mr. Quinn: write object the strongest terms your August 19, 2013, Non-Government
Organization (NGO) Observer Selection Policy observe commission proceedings
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO).
The designation Amnesty lntemational; Human Rights Watch, Human Rights
First; the American Civil Liberties Union; and, the American Bar Association as,
essentially, permanent observers Commission proceedings not appropriate. These
groups represent narrow, extreme ideological view terrorist detainee issues. These
groups, which have been highly critical the Office Commissions and GTMO,
advocate policies odds with views held the vast majority American citizens
whose tax dollars fund the operations the Office Commissions and GTMO. you may well know, some instances, persons affiliated with the NGOs
have served legal counsel political advocates for the terrorist detainees held
GTMO. The decision grant special, exclusive observer status those organizations
the expense other interested NGOs arbitrary, will almost certainly inure the
bene the legal defense the terrorist detainees, and will erode public con dence
the Commission process.
Judicial Watch, which the only right-of-center organization represented among
the regular GTMO NGO observers, has sent representative Cuba virtually every
proceeding the GTMO facility since the Commissions became active again 2011.
Judicial Watch Director Litigation Paul Orfanedes attended the arraignment
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) June 2008. Since then, Judicial Watch, great
expense, has participated observer the following proceedings: November 2011 US. Nashiri arraignment. January 17-18, 2012 US. Nashiri Hearing February 29, 2012 US. Khan Arraignment April 11-13, 2012 US. Al-Nashiri Hearing
425 Third St., SW, Suite 800, Washington, 20024 Tel: (202) 646-5172 1-888-593-8442
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Mr. Michael Quinn
Chief Staff the Military Commissions
August 30, 2013 May 2012 KSMHearings July 17-19, 2012 US. Nashiri Motions Hearings August 22, 2012 Cancelled due Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac. October 15-19 2012 KSM, al. Motions Hearings June 17-21 2013 US. KSM al. Motions Hearings June 11-14 2013 US. Nashiri Motions Hearings August 19-23 2013 US. KSM, al. Motions Hearings
Unlike the proposed designatcd permanent observers, Judicial Watch represents
mainstream views terrorist detaincc rule law issues. behalf Judicial Watch millions supporters, request that you rescind
your decision designate leftist groups permanent observers the GTMO
proceedings. the altcmative, there are permanent observers, such designations
should take into account NGO demonstrated record attending prior GTMO
proceedings. And the group permanent observers should ect full range views tire debate terrorist detainee issues. the least, the Office Military Commissions should, for the reasons described
above, add Judicial Watch the current list permanent observers.
The reality that the NGOs interested sending representatives the GTMO
proceedings are overwhelmingly from the left side the ideological spectrum. Your
proposed system could have the effect freezing out any aitemative voices from the
NGO community, speci cally those Voices that have not served legal and political
advocates for terrorist detainees.
Thank you for your prompt reply this letter.
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By: FIRST CLASS MAIL EMAIL (vena.l.hawk1ns.ciV a)
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