National Security

Defendants' defiance creates chaos at Guantanamo

Guantanamo detainees facing trial before military commissions have thrown the process into chaos by refusing to cooperate with their military lawyers, who then worry that their licenses might be revoked for defending clients who fired them.

The controversry is one more challenge to perceptions of the military commissions as a fair and just legal proceeding in keeping with international norms.

One case went like this last week: Rather than consult with his lawyer, Ibrahim Qosi of Sudan, 47, jammed his fingers in his ears. Then the man who allegedly served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard challenged the judge to "whatever you wish to do."

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