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Fight escalates over legal mail at Guantanamo

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A dispute is escalating over new rules on legal mail for prisoners charged with war crimes at Guantanamo.

The military's chief defense counsel for tribunals is directing the 120 lawyers who work for him not to comply with new restrictions imposed by the detention center commander. Marine Corps Col. Jeffrey Colwell says the order would improperly require the defense to violate attorney-client privilege.

Colwell said Wednesday that a court will likely have to intervene. The prison commander issued the order last month as an added security measure to keep banned materials from getting to prisoners charged with war crimes. There are about 30 prisoners facing war crimes tribunals at the U.S. base in Cuba.

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