Detention & Guantanamo

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As both a candidate and as president, Barack Obama repeatedly expressed his desire to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The facility and its role in the military's detention operations have been deeply controversial from the beginning of the war against Al Qaeda. Timelines for closing the facility have come and gone, yet the administration has been stymied by legislation that has made the task extremely difficult. Detention has been litigated up and down the federal appellate ladder. And as criminal trials have begun for some of the inmates in military commissions, the legal questions surrounding their detention and treatment have only gotten thornier.

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Detention & Guantanamo

Document: Habeas Petition of Guantanamo Detainee Denied

In an opinion signed on Jan. 28 and released in redacted form on Mar. 15, Judge Royce C. Lambeth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus from Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman al-Hela, a Yemeni citizen captured in Afghanistan in 2002 and detained at Guantanmo Bay since 2004. The full opinion is available here and below.

Detention & Guantanamo

Who Broke Periodic Review at Guantanamo Bay?

The Periodic Review Board (PRB) appears to be broken. Since President Trump’s inauguration 21 months ago, the PRB—often described as a parole-like body established to determine whether an individual may be transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay—has become a one-way ratchet, only ratifying continued detention and never recommending release. This is not to say the PRB has recommended continued detention for all the detainees whose cases it has reviewed since February 2017.

Detention & Guantanamo

Documents: Saifullah Paracha v. Donald J. Trump

The government has filed a brief in opposition before the Supreme Court regarding Saifullah Paracha's petition for a writ of certiorari over whether certain statutory restrictions regarding the release or transfer of Guantanamo detainees constitute bills of attainder. Paracha, a Pakistani national who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2004, initially filed his petition on Sept. 26, 2017 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.

Detention & Guantanamo

Summary from the Courtroom: Al-Alwi v. Trump Oral Argument

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Al-Alwi v. Trump. Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson (joining remotely) and Judge Thomas Griffith reviewed the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi’s second habeas petition.

Detention & Guantanamo

Full Audio of Oral Argument in Al-Alwi v. Trump

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument on Tuesday in Al-Alwi v. Trump. The panel was composed of Chief Judge Merrick Garland and Judges Karen Henderson and Thomas Griffith. Sonia M. Carson argued for the government. Ramzi Kassem argued for al-Alwi.

Listen to the full audio of the argument here.

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