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PEGC PROJECT PROTOCOL
I'm not an attorney, but I've tried to adhere to the ethical standards of the bar to the best of my limited knowledge. That understanding includes:
2) INFORMATION GATHERING
This effort has centered on information gathering from a great variety of public sources on the Web. The basic factual record was accumulated from government sources and reliable press accounts.
Government sources include DoD, the White House, DOJ, the State Dept, and various military web sites.
Primary press sources include the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald. I check the Times and the Post every day, and The Herald periodically for stories on Guantanamo Bay.
I've tried to monitor all of these sources more or less continuously since 2001.11.13.
I've made an effort to read every pertinent White House and DoD press briefing over that period, and to excerpt any information relevant to the prisoners, DoD Military Commission Order No. 1, or related matters. That's gotten to be a real drag since Obama took office.
Secondary press sources include The Associated Press, Reuters, BBC, CNN, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Which sources I consult when depends on events. I make considerable use of Google to focus on specifics, and it's been an interesting exercise.
I'm just one person. From the start I've been concerned to keep the task as focused, practical, and effective as possible given the limits of my time and resources. It's gone better than I thought it would, mainly because of the excellent web sites all the sources maintain, and because of the outstanding efforts of the press to report the news.
I am a native US citizen born in San Francisco, California. I currently reside in Fort Bragg, California.
I was a computer programmer/analyst from August 1973 through July 2002, and since have concentrated on this project. In February 2009 I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and hence, am now considered disabled. I have family and friends. I have no criminal record.
This effort is has been almost entirely my own. I've found a little pro bono legal assistance, but only a little. The project distribtion list stands at about 120 individuals, and includes journalists, attorneys, and academics (mostly law professors), plus a few friends and relatives.
PEGC is a principled effort to uphold the law. It seems reasonable to suppose that no lawyer should be necessary to enjoin the United States government to enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and especially not in the case of war crimes: people who commit war crimes are supposed to be prosecuted and punished in this country.
I affirm, without any purpose of deception, and subject to the penalties for perjury in US code:
5) DISCLAIMERS & NOTES
Charles B. Gittings Jr.
Fort Bragg, California
[Manson, Washington, to Dec 2005]
[Oakland, California, 1999 to Aug 2004]
2002.11.20 ( revised 2009.12.20 )