Guantanamo commander backs away from proposed lawyer visit restrictions

According to this Jurist report :

Rear Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, has said that he supports so-called “habeas visits” of lawyers with detainees at the facility and no longer endorses visit restrictions along the lines outlined in a recent US Department of Justice filing with the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The filing, made last week in a case involving Afghan detainee Haji Bismullah, proposed that lawyers only be allowed to visit a detainee once in order to obtain authorization for legal representation, would be permitted only three visits with current clients, and that mail sent to detainees by their lawyers would be subject to review by intelligence officers and military lawyers not involved in the prosecution of a particular detainee’s case.

I’ve previously blogged about this here and here, and Kevin Jon Heller has a post at Opinio Juris on the same matter.

The Jurist article also touches on a new development which Bill Glaberson has written on here.  Apparently some detainees “refuse to see their lawyers, while others decline mail from their lawyers or refuse to provide them information on their cases, according to court documents, writings of some of the detainees and recent interviews.”