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Drinking from a Poisoned Chalice Post-9/11: Defending the Rule of Law in the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions

By Brigadier General John G. Baker, USMC

Editor’s Note: Brigadier General John G. Baker, Chief Defense Counsel for the Military Commissions Defense Organization, delivered the Keynote Address on July 28, 2018, at the NACDL Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida. He granted NACDL permission to share his remarks with The Champion’s readers. 

It really is a pleasure to be here at the NACDL Annual Meeting, particularly given the support that this organization has shown to the Military Commissions Defense Organization and its mission of defending the rule of law at Guantanamo Bay. It is fitting that my talk follows Joshua Dratel’s because he, Nancy Hollander, and so many others from NACDL partnered with the ACLU in 2008 to form the John Adam’s Project to provide GTMO detainees with access to a deep bench of some of the greatest criminal defense lawyers in the country. Josh was also one of David Hick’s counsel and did an amazing job in that case.

It’s important that I start off by saying how grateful and appreciative we at the MCDO are for

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