The American Civil Liberties Union presented Medal of Liberty awards to the five military defense lawyers who represented the first round of defendants at the Guantánamo Bay tribunals and challenged the entire military commission system.
Beyond providing legal representation to their clients, the JAG lawyers have staked their personal reputations and military careers by advocating on their clients' behalf and criticizing the commission rules and procedures, the lack of resources and the treatment of their clients.
Below are links to videos of the award ceremony and the lawyers' speeches. (Requires Real Player or Windows Media Player )
ACLU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANTHONY ROMERO'S DISPATCHES
Aug. 22, Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Aug. 25, Aug. 26, Aug. 27, Aug. 29
ACLU ATTORNEY JAMEEL JAFFER'S DISPATCHES
Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Nov. 3
ACLU ATTORNEY JAMIL DAWKAR'S DISPATCHES
Nov. 8, Nov. 9
> ACLU to Continue Monitoring Military Commissions at Guantánamo
> ACLUExecutive Director Travels to Cuba to Observe Tribunals
> ACLUDirector Has Front-Row Seat for Gitmo Tribunals
JOINT STATEMENTS OF COMMISSION OBSERVERS
Aug. 23 | Aug 27
Conduct Unbecoming: Pitfalls in the President's Military Commissions
Romero Calls Government's Policies on Guantánamo 'Lawless'
> Freedom of Information Act on Torture of Detainees
> International Civil Liberties
> ACLU Sues Rumsfeld
Military Commissions: Process and Rules