Help wanted: Pentagon seeks lawyers to defend detentions

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Even as the Obama administration has dropped the term ''enemy combatant'' in reshaping its war-on-terror policy, the Pentagon is inviting lawyers to apply for jobs defending its detention of 200-plus captives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Pentagon official circulated a ''help wanted'' ad through the American Bar Association this month, offering between $39,407 and $130,211 a year for qualified lawyers to help answer habeas corpus petitions in the federal courts.

''Attorneys with any litigation experience are encouraged to apply,'' said the job posting, offering three-year positions. "These positions are located in the Washington, D.C. area, with the potential for some travel to Guantanamo Bay.''

Curiously, the Justice Department -- not the Defense Department -- has for years been in charge of defending each captive's detention at the U.S. District Court in Washington.

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