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Google Glass banned at Guantánamo war court (like any other camera)

GlassA new sign greeted spectators at Guantánamo's expeditionary legal complex on Monday, the first day of a week-long pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 terror case. It was at the war-court compound's entrance and just inside doors leading to the spectator's gallery. (I was writing from the Camp Justice media center, with my Google Glass safely tucked away, when sketch artist Janet Hamlin brought this back.)

The notice seemed a bit superfluous since both the military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, and the Pentagon itself forbid any kind of recording of military commissions proceedings. To illusrate it, I've attached the Jan. 1, 2013 poster below on what isn't allowed at Courtroom 2, where the Sept. 11 trial is to be held. In short, #Glass is the sum of many forbidden parts -- photo, video, audio, cellphone, computer, flashdrive. 

But as the only user of Glass currently on the base (I have one of 8,000 Explorer editions worldwide) I appreciated the personal touch.



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