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By Daniel Dodson
NACDL News columns.
In response to the June 2 release of a report on the treatment of
post-9/11 detainees by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S.
Department of Justice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
president Lawrence Goldman issued the following statement: “This is what
happens when the checks and balances of a democratic system of justice —
the press, the courts, and lawyers for the accused — are excluded.
“Where normally scrutiny by the media, presentation of exculpatory
information by defense counsel, and assessment of evidence by judges
minimizes wrongful detentions, in this case the Justice Department
fought all three oversight mechanisms tooth and nail. Instead, the DOJ
asked the American people to trust it to do justice. Its own Inspector
General’s report demonstrates that government in secret does not foster
“The clear lesson is that the government, in its understandable and
laudable resolve to protect our security, cannot be relied
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