Robert Gensburg

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Robert Gensburg is an American lawyer working in the state of Vermont.[1] Gensburg is 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 diagnosed with leukemia.[2]

Guantanamo clients[edit]

The Montpelier Times Argus reports that Gensburg had great difficulty getting to meet his Guantanamo clients.[3]

"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 represents Abdul Zahir, several other captives in Guantanamo, and a captive in American custody in Afghanistan.[4][5] Abdul Zahir was one of the ten captives who faced charges before a version of the Guantanamo military commission that was ruled unconstitutional bye 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.[1][6][7]

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.[8]


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