I am James Connell, defense attorney in the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions for Ammar al Baluchi, the tortured man in Zero Dark Thirty. AMA
Hi there! I'm [James Connell](www.imgur.com/kfHr30O), a civilian death penalty defense attorney in the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions. My client is Ammar al Baluchi, who is best known as the "Ammar" whose torture is depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. I've worked on this case, and only this case, since 2011. Al Baluchi was tortured in black sites for several years before his transfer in 2006 into supermax-level facilities at Guantanamo, where he is still awaiting trial.
There's no shortage of topics here, but to give you all some ideas - Guantanamo detentions, CIA torture, overclassification and secret evidence, political interference in the trial, military bureaucracy, intelligence-gathering, international law, and what it's like defending a massive, incredibly complex case in a brand-new, still mostly-untested legal system that was, frankly, designed for getting a conviction in the very case we're now trying.
Here's a 2014 video Interview I did on torture and classification, and a more recent interview on how I ended up working on the 9/11 trial, and the difficulties of trying to work in the military commissions system. My team Twitter handle is @BaluchiGitmo, and I am a contributor to the @GitmoWatch Twitter account.
I'll answer any questions as best I can, keeping in mind that I can't discuss classified information - which can include things which might already be widely known but were never officially released by the US Government (ie, I can't discuss anything from wikileaks). And I have to preface by stating that I represent only my client, Ammar al-Baluchi, and although I am paid by the US government, I (clearly) don't represent their views or opinions. Nothing I say in this thread is based on classified information.
1540 29 MAR 2016 edit: I am signing off now. Many thanks for all the insightful questions. For more information about the military commissions, follow @GitmoWatch and @CarolRosenberg on Twitter.