QASSIM et al v. BUSH et al

Filing 68

STATUS REPORT In Response To Court's July 3, 2008 Order by GEORGE W. BUSH, JR. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit)(Warden, Andrew)

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QASSIM et al v. BUSH et al Doc. 68 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA __________________________________ IN RE: PETITIONERS SEEKING HABEAS CORPUS RELIEF IN RELATION TO PRIOR DETENTIONS AT GUANTANAMO BAY ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Misc. No. 08-444 (TFH) Civil Action Nos. 02-CV-0299, 02-CV-1130, 04-CV-1135, 04-CV-1137, 04-CV-1144, 04-CV-1227, 04-CV-1897, 05-CV-0022, 05-CV-0301, 05-CV-0313, 05-CV-0345, 05-CV-0454, 05-CV-0490, 05-CV-0497, 05-CV-0551, 05-CV-0584, 05-CV-0586, 05-CV-0621, 05-CV-0640, 05-CV-0660, 05-CV-0665, 05-CV-0714, 05-CV-0723, 05-CV-0878, 05-CV-0879, 05-CV-0880, 05-CV-0882, 05-CV-0884, 05-CV-0885, 05-CV-0887, 05-CV-0888, 05-CV-0890, 05-CV-0891, 05-CV-0996, 05-CV-0997, 05-CV-1000, 05-CV-1001, 05-CV-1002, 05-CV-1008, 05-CV-1009, 05-CV-1011, 05-CV-1012, 05-CV-1013, 05-CV-1235, 05-CV-1237, 05-CV-1238, 05-CV-1241, 05-CV-1242, 05-CV-1243, 05-CV-1246, 05-CV-1311, 05-CV-1453, 05-CV-1489, 05-CV-1491, 05-CV-1492, 05-CV-1493, 05-CV-1635, 05-CV-1641, 05-CV-1666, 05-CV-1667, 05-CV-1668, 05-CV-1669, 05-CV-1697, 05-CV-1714, 05-CV-1724, 05-CV-1779, 05-CV-1806, 05-CV-1857, 05-CV-1864, 05-CV-1886, 05-CV-1894, 05-CV-2029, 05-CV-2053, 05-CV-2087, 05-CV-2197, 05-CV-2201, 05-CV-2216, 05-CV-2248, 05-CV-2265, 05-CV-2336, 05-CV-2369, 05-CV-2376, 05-CV-2452, 05-CV-2458, 05-CV-2466, 05-CV-2467, 06-CV-1675, 06-CV-1677, 06-CV-1678, 06-CV-1679, 06-CV-1681, 06-CV-1683, 06-CV-1685, 06-CV-1686, 06-CV-1687, 06-CV-1689, 06-CV-1752, 06-CV-1753, 06-CV-1754, 06-CV-1760, 06-CV-1763, 06-CV-1768, 06-CV-1769 STATUS REPORT IN RESPONSE TO COURT'S JULY 3, 2008 ORDER Pursuant to the Court's July 3, 2008 Order, respondents hereby submit the following status report with respect to the above-captioned Guantanamo Bay habeas corpus cases: 1. With the exception of John Does 1-570 v. Bush, Civil Action No. 05-313 (CKK), the petitioners in the above-captioned cases are no longer detained at Guantanamo Bay.1 The United States has relinquished custody of petitioners and transferred them to the custody of other governments, consistent with the policies and practices pertaining to such transfers as outlined in the attached declarations of Ambassador Clint Williamson and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Sandra Hodgkinson. 2. In light of petitioners' release from United States custody, the above-captioned habeas cases should be dismissed as moot. Indeed, many of the above-captioned cases were previously dismissed by the judges originally assigned to handle the cases. Respondents have attached hereto a chart indicating whether the abovecaptioned cases were the subject of prior dismissal orders. Respondents' position is that all previously-dismissed cases should remain dismissed and all pending cases should be dismissed as moot. The petition in John Does 1-570 v. Bush, Civil Action No. 05-313 (CKK), was brought on behalf hundreds of nameless petitioners. Respondents, of course, cannot certify that the purported nameless petitioners are no longer detained at Guantanamo Bay. In any event, on October 31, 2006, Judge Kollar-Kotelly dismissed the Doe case on standing grounds. See Memorandum Opinion (dkt. no. 31). Further, on July 11, 2007, Judge Kollar-Kotelly denied petitioners' motion for reconsideration, see Memorandum Opinion (dkt. No. 43), and petitioners did not appeal that decision. 1 Dated: July 14, 2008 Respectfully submitted, GREGORY G. KATSAS Assistant Attorney General DOUGLAS N. LETTER Terrorism Litigation Counsel /s/ Andrew I. Warden JOSEPH H. HUNT (D.C. Bar No. 431134) VINCENT M. GARVEY (D.C. Bar No. 127191) JUDRY L. SUBAR (D.C. Bar 347518) TERRY M. HENRY ANDREW I. WARDEN (IN Bar 23840-49) Attorneys United States Department of Justice Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530 Tel: (202) 616-5084 Fax: (202) 616-8470 Attorneys for Respondents

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