Robert Gensburg

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Robert Gensburg (3 September 1939 – 9 November 2017)[1] was an American lawyer working in the state of Vermont.[2] Gensburg was notable for volunteering to assist a captive held in extrajudicial detention in the USA's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.

On January 6, 2000, the House and Senate of the Vermont legislature honored Gensburg with a joint resolution, sending him their best wishes upon his having been diagnosed with leukemia.[3]

Guantanamo clients[edit]

The Montpelier Times Argus reports that Gensburg had great difficulty getting to meet his Guantanamo clients.[4]

There is no law at Guantanamo. There is nothing I have been able to do successfully to get the Army to obey its own regulations."

Gensburg represented Abdul Zahir, several other captives in Guantanamo, and a captive in American custody in Afghanistan.[5][6] Abdul Zahir was one of the ten captives who faced charges before a version of the Guantanamo military commission that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Wire tapped[edit]

Gensburg reported on October 2, 2007 that working for a Guantanamo client has led to his firm's phone, mail and email being intercepted.[2][7][8] A letter sent to their clients warned them of their belief the firm's communication was being intercepted, and stated:

Although our investigation is not complete, we are quite confident that it is the United States government that has been doing the phone tapping and computer hacking,

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch spoke about the wiretapping of Gensburg's phones, and computers when he was interviewed on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition on Friday November 30, 2007.[9]


  1. ^ Robert A. Gensburg - Obituary
  2. ^ a b Wilson Ring (October 11, 2007). "Firm with overses clients says feds are bugging phones, computers". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 2007-10-11.[dead link]
  3. ^ "NO. R-183. JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO ROBERT GENSBURG OF ST. JOHNSBURY". Vermont legislature. January 6, 2000. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  4. ^ "Open the dungeons". Montpelier Times Argus. May 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  5. ^ Carol Rosenberg, 10th Guantanamo captive facing war-crimes charges, Miami Herald, January 20, 2006
  6. ^ "Vt. Law Firm Accuses Government Of Wiretapping". WPTZ. October 11, 2007. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  7. ^ Allan Holmes (October 12, 2007). "Lawyers Accuse Feds of Tapping Phone, Hacking". Government Executive. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  8. ^ Martha Neil (October 11, 2007). "Law Firm to Clients: Feds Tapped Our Phones". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  9. ^ Bob Kinzel (November 30, 2007). "Vermont Edition: interview with Congressman Peter Welch". Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

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