Pentagon Official Urges Companies to Boycott Law Firms Representing Gitmo Detainees

Charles Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, has named a dozen law firms representing detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and suggested that companies consider not doing business with them.

He said that company CEOs could make law firms "choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms". A full list is to be released to conservative talk show host Monica Crowley in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The president of the American Bar Association said the comments were deeply offensive. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee called on President Bush to disavow the comments. The Pentagon and the White House have no official comment.

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