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Examples of Habeas Petitions Filed on Behalf of Detainees

June 16, 2008

Examples of Habeas Petitions Filed on Behalf of Detainees

Due to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, here are some of the habeas petitions that may be allowed to proceed in federal court.

· “Al Odah — Motion for Dictionary Internet Security Forms” — Kuwaiti detainees seek court orders that they be provided dictionaries in contravention of Guantanamo Bay’s (GTMO) force protection policy and that their counsel be given high-speed internet access at their lodging on the base and be allowed to use classified Department of Defense telecommunications facilities, all on the theory that otherwise their “right to counsel” is unduly burdened.

· “Paracha — Motion for Preliminary Injunction re Conditions” — Motion by high level al Qaeda detainee complaining about base security procedures, speed of mail delivery, and medical treatment; seeking an order that he be transferred to the “least onerous conditions” at GTMO and asking the court to order that GTMO allow him to keep any books and reading materials sent to him and to “report to the Court” on “his opportunities for exercise, communication, recreation, worship, etc.”

· “Motion for Preliminary Injunction re Medical Records” — Motion by detainee accusing military’s health professionals of “gross and intentional medical malpractice” in alleged violation of the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th Amendments, 42 USC 1981, and unspecified international agreements.

· “Abdah — Emergency Motion re DVDs” — “emergency” motion seeking court order requiring GTMO to set aside its normal security policies and show detainees DVDs that are purported to be family videos.

· “Alladeen — Motion for Temporary Restraining Order re Transfer” — Egyptian detainee who Combatant Status Review Tribunal adjudicated as no longer an enemy combatant, and who was therefore due to be released by the United States, files motion to block his repatriation to Egypt.

· “Petitioners’ Supplemental Opposition” — Filing by detainee requesting that, as a condition of a stay of litigation pending related appeals, the Court involve itself in his medical situation and set the stage for them to second-guess the provision of medical care and other conditions of confinement

· “Al Odah Supplement to Preliminary Injunction Motion” — Motion by Kuwaiti detainees unsatisfied with the Koran they are provided as standard issue by GTMO, seeking court order that they be allowed to keep various other supplementary religious materials, such as a “tafsir” or 4-volume Koran with commentary, in their cells.

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