'Intimidation' Factor? Congress Seeks Greater Scrutiny of Guantanamo Detainee Lawyers

"From the government's perspective, the representation itself has caused substantial interference, since lawyers have, among other things, informed detainees of their rights; petitioned the federal courts for the detainees release; obstructed the government's ability to interrogate the detainees and so on," he said.

The American Bar Association also opposes the provision in the defense bill.

"If passed, this legislation will have a severe chilling effect on the ability of lawyers to provide zealous advocacy and effective assistance of counsel to their clients at Guantanamo," said Carol Lamm, president of the ABA.

Still, Rep. Miller believes expanded authority for the DOD to investigate lawyers working at Guantanamo holds them to "the same standard of any other individual."

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"Attorney-client privilege doesn't give them the ability to break the law and compromise national security," he said.

After the full House votes on the legislation, it heads to the Senate Armed Services where the debate is expected to continue.

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