The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed Judge Tanya Chutkan's April 19 preliminary enjoining the transfer of John Doe in Doe v. Mattis. Judge Sri Srinivisan’s opinion for the court and Judge Karen Henderson’s dissent remain under seal pending a security review.
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The Pentagon announced yesterday the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates. Here's the text of the announcement:
The New York Times' Charlie Savage reports that the United States military transferred two Libyan detainees to Senegal on Monday. The two men, Omar Khalifa Mohammed Abu Bakr and Salem Abdul Salem Ghereby, were held at Guantanamo Bay for roughly 14 years. There are now 89 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay; 35 of those have been recommended for transfer, assuming certain security conditions can be met.
Here's the Pentagon's accouncement:
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ali Ahmad Muhammad al-Razihi, Khalid Abd-al-Jabbar Muhammad Uthman al-Qadasi, Adil Said al-Hajj Ubayd al-Busays, Sulayman Awad Bin Uqayl al-Nahdi, and Fahmi Salem Said al-Asani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
Wherein I eat crow, I double down on part of my criticism of the New York Times editorial page, and Shaker Aamer's lawyer responds to my post.
No, I'm not going write a grouchy piece on the release of Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer to Britain listing all the reasons to think this might not be the world's greatest idea.
From Defense One:
The Obama administration intends to transfer up to 10 detainees from the Guantanamo detention center to other countries this month, a senior defense official told Defense One. These would be the first since transfers came to a pregnant pause in January.
The Guantanamo detainee, as readers likely know, argued in a February motion that the end of the United States' war in Afghanistan, as recognized by President Obama, requires his release from Guantanamo. On Wednesday, Al-Warafi filed his reply brief on that issue. It opens as follows:
From the Washington Post (via the Associated Press): TORONTO — A former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was convicted of killing a U.S.
A markup of the FY2016 defense bill---which includes, as per usual and among other things, provisions restricting transfers of Guantanamo detainees---will get underway at 10:00 a.m. at the House Armed Services Committee.
Embedded video is below; a copy of the Chairman's mark can be found here. (Interested readers can find NDAA-related background here, too.)