Filing 840

REPLY MEMORANDUM re (647 in 1:05-cv-02386-UNA, 82 in 1:05-cv-00748-UNA, 90 in 1:05-cv-00999-UNA, 108 in 1:05-cv-01504-UNA, 100 in 1:05-cv-01505-UNA, 84 in 1:05-cv-01347-UNA, 125 in 1:05-cv-02479-UNA, 83 in 1:05-cv-02349-UNA, 80 in 1:06-cv-00618-UNA, 125 in 1:05-cv-01353-UNA, 771 in 1:08-mc-00442-TFH, 24 in 1:08-cv-01221-UNA, 39 in 1:08-cv-01185-UNA, 277 in 1:04-cv-01194-UNA, 80 in 1:05-cv-00994-UNA, 71 in 1:05-cv-02385-UNA) Memorandum in Opposition,,,, filed by WADE F. DENNIS, GEORGE W. BUSH, JR., JAY HOOD, MARK H. BUZBY, BRUCE VARGO, MIKE BUMGARNER, NELSON J. CANNON, BRICE GYURISKO, DAVID M. THOMAS, JR., HARRY B. HARRIS, ROBERT M. GATES, DONALD RUMSFELD, GEORGE W. BUSH by ASIM BEN THABIT AL-KHALAQI. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Letter from Yemen Embassy, # 2 Supplement)(Demik, Stephen) Modified to add correct event of Reply on 10/30/2008 (ks).

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IN RE: GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE LITIGATION Doc. 840 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN RE: GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE LITIGATION Misc. No. 08-442 (TFH) Civil Action Nos. 04CV1194, 05CV0748, 05CV0994, 05CV0999, 05CV1347, 05CV1353, 05CV1504, 05CV1505, 05CV2349, 05CV2385, 05CV2386, 05CV2479, 06CV0618, 08CV1185, 08CV1221 On October 7, 2008, Petitioners in the above-listed cases requested a status conference in light of both the Respondents' continued detention of petitioners even though they have been cleared for release from United States custody and the Court's order vacating dates for filing of factual returns for these petitioners. In accordance with Local Civil Rule 7(m), Petitioners consulted Respondents, who oppose the request for a status conference. See Pet. Mot. at 2 ("Petitioners conferred with Respondents who indicated that they opposed the request for a status conference."). Respondents filed an opposition on October 21, 2008 ("Resp. Opp."), but it fails to address the fact that the cleared petitioners are not a single similarly-situated group. In fact, each faces very different individual circumstances. For example, while some cleared petitioners cannot return to their countries for fear of future abuse or torture, many cleared petitioners are able to return home, and their countries are ready and willing to receive them. Nonetheless, they remain detained, and Respondents remain silent regarding the reasons for continued detention of those whom Respondents believe need not be detained, much less any efforts to repatriate these individuals who can return to their native countries. It is precisely because the cleared detainees face a variety of different circumstances that this Court should hold a status conference to hear from the parties and determine the best way to proceed. If the Court is not inclined to hold a status conference, it should require Respondents to provide filings for each individualized Petitioner, stating the reasons for their continued detention and, with specificity, what measures, if any, they are taking to secure Petitioners' release. I. PETITIONERS FACE A VARIETY OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND SEVERAL CAN BE RETURNED HOME Respondents argue that "[i]t is not unlawful to keep these petitioners at Guantanamo pending efforts to find a country to accept them." Resp. Opp. at 3-4 (citing Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 and Shaughnessy v. United States, ex rel. Mezei, 345 U.S. 206 (1953)). However, they do not discuss any efforts they have made or are making to transfer or release these detainees. In the Shaughnessy case, relied on by the Respondents, no other countries could take the petitioner back. See Shaughnessy 345 U.S. at 627 ("This case concerns an alien immigrant permanently excluded from the United States on security grounds but stranded in his temporary haven on Ellis Island because other countries will not take him back.") (emphasis added). That is not the case here as to many petitioners, and Respondents make no individualized allegation as to any particular cleared detainee that no country will accept him. To the contrary, certain countries, most notably Yemen, have expressed their willingness to accept their cleared detainees. See Exhibit A (letter dated October 14, 2008 from the Yemeni Embassy confirming Yemen's willingness to accept cleared Yemeni detainees). Despite Yemen's position, Respondents fail to explain why cleared Yemini detainees continue to sit in Guantanamo, some 2 for years after they were cleared for release. Apparently, the only obstacle to their release is the Respondents. The Court should hold a status conference to require Respondents to offer some explanation for this continued detention. In the alternative, Respondents should be required to provide a statement explaining the detention and detailing, for each petitioner, the efforts to secure their release. II. THE COURT SHOULD COMPEL FACTUAL RETURNS For those petitioners for whom release cannot be immediately secured, Respondents should be required to produce factual returns. Respondents' opposition argues that requiring factual returns in these cases "is not an efficient or wise use of resources for the parties and the Court and . . . may delay the overall litigation." Resp. Opp. at 3.1 Respondents further argue that "[i]n the context of the broader scope of the Guantanamo Bay detainee litigation," see id. at 3, it is an onerous requirement on them to produce factual returns in these cases. However, without factual returns, Petitioners' counsel cannot know the basis for the continued detention and, therefore, cannot effectively advocate for their release. The prejudice to Petitioners far outweighs any burden to the Respondents. Respondents apparently view the Petitioners that have been cleared for release as being of secondary importance to those that it argues belong in custody. This is illogical. The abovenamed Petitioners, some of whom have been cleared for over a year, see Pet. Mot. Ex. A, should Respondents' use of the term "parties" in this argument is odd. Petitioners are "parties", and believe it would be both "wise" and "efficient" to seek their release from detention that is both unjustified, and, as is implied in the determination to clear them, unnecessary. 3 1 not be shuffled to the rear of the Court's priority-list. These are detainees who, in the Respondents' words, have "received a determination by DoD that they should be transferred from United States custody." Resp. Opp. at 3. Yet they continue to live in custody in a foreign base, thousands of miles from their homes. The Respondents justification that an "efficient or wise use of resources" requires that these detainees remain in custody is unavailing and counterintuitive. Respondents also state that "it is possible that this process [releasing petitioners from United States custody] will be completed for these petitioners and they will be transferred prior to Respondents filing factual returns or prior to the Court's adjudication of their habeas claims, thereby rendering the cases moot." Resp. Opp. at 2-3 (emphasis added). Petitioners are unwilling to accept continued detention predicated on the "possibility" of completion of an unknown "process." Nor can Petitioners effectively evaluate Respondents' purported efforts. Respondents refuse to update anyone on any measures that are allegedly taking place to release Petitioners, and further leave their release to the realm of a possibility. Petitioners in these cases, some of whom have been detained for over six years, should not be kept from having their cases proceed on the possibility that Respondents might now decide to follow through on their own decision to release them. For the petitioners for whom immediate release cannot be secured, the Court should require the Respondents to produce factual returns. 4 CONCLUSION The above-listed Petitioners respectfully request a status hearing to address their entitlement to meaningful habeas corpus relief. Respectfully submitted, Dated: October 27, 2008 /s/ Stephen D. Demik Steven F. Hubachek Stephen D. Demik Ellis M. Johnston, III. Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. 225 Broadway, Suite 900 San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-8467 (ofc) 619-687-2666 (fax) Counsel for Petitioner Al -Khalaqi /s/ George Clarke George Clarke Miller & Chevalier Chartered 655 15th Street, N.W. Suite 900 Washington, D.C. 20005 (W) (202) 626-1573 (M) (703) 598-5121 Counsel for Petitioner Yafie 5 / A. Stephens Clay A. Stephens Clay KILPATRICK STOCKTON LLP 1100 Peachtree St., Suite 2800 Atlanta, Georgia 30309-4530 Telephone: (404) 815-6500 Facsimile: (404) 815-6555 Counsel for Petitioners Ali LNU and Hamiduva /s/ Michael E. Mone, Jr. Michael E. Mone Jr. (MA BBO #634607) Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile 75 Federal Street Boston, MA 02110 (617) 482-0333 Counsel for Petitioner Jamolovich /s/ Matthew J. O'Hara Matthew J. O'Hara Lowell E. Sachnoff Matthew J. O'Hara Adam R. Chiss (Each Pursuant to LCvR 83.2(g)) Brian C. Lewis (D.C. Bar No. 476851) REED SMITH LLP 10 South Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606 (312) 207-1000 Counsel for Petitioner Hijazi Shayana Kadidal (D.C. Bar No. 454248) CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS 666 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10012 Of Counsel 6 /Allison M. Lefrak Douglas K. Spaulding Gary S. Thompson Allison M. Lefrak Rick W. Roberts REED SMITH LLP 1301 K Street, NW Suite 1100 - East Tower Washington, DC 20005 Phone: (202) 414-9220 Counsel for Petitioner Al-harbi -- and -Bernard J. Casey, D.C. Bar No. 112219 Casey ADR Services 3018 NE 32nd Place Portland, OR 97212 Phone: (415) 515-0855 - and CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS Gitanjali S. Gutierrez (NY1234) 666 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, New York 10012 Tel: (212) 614-6439 Counsel for Petitioners /s/ Shawn Nolan Billy H. Nolas (DC 399275; PA 83177) Assistant Federal Defender Maureen Rowley (PA 33020) Chief Federal Defender David McColgin (PA 42963) Shawn Nolan (PA 56535) Cristi Charpentier (PA 62055) Matthew Lawry (PA 87221) Assistant Federal Defenders Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 601 Walnut Street, Suite 545 West Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 928-0520; (215) 928-1100 Counsel for Petitioners Tohirjanovich, Feghoul 7 /s/ Jerry Cohen Jerry Cohen (MA # 116413) BURNS &LEVINSON 125 Summer Street Boston, MA 02110 tel: (617) 345 3000 fax: (617) 345 3299 e-mail: - and /s/ Stewart Eisenberg Stewart Eisenberg (MA #152180) WEINBERG & GARBER, P.C. 71 King Street Northampton, MA 01060 Tel: (413) 582-6886 Fax: (413) 582-6881 e-mail: Counsel for Petitioners Mohammed and Qadir _______________________ Joseph E. O'Neil Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio 190 North Independence Mall West Suite 500 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 (215) 351-7901 Counsel for Petitioner Salman CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS 666 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10012 Tel: (212) 614-6485 Counsel for Petitioners 8 /s/ Joseph Berman LOONEY & GROSSMAN LLP 101 Arch Street Boston, MA 02110 Tel: 617-951-2800 Fax: 617-951-2819 -and/s/ Zachary Katnelson Zachary Katznelson Cori Rider Ahmed Ghappour REPRIEVE P.O. Box 52742 22 Tudor Street London, UK EC4Y 0AY Tel: 011 44 207 353 4640 Fax: 011 44 207 353 4641 Counsel for Petitioners Abdullah and Belbacha /s/ Meghan Winokur Meghan Winokur HOLLAND & HART LLP 555 17th Street, Suite 3200 Denver, CO 80202 (303) 295-8390 Fax: (303) 975-5456 Email: Counsel for Petitioners Saib, Nabil and Hawary 9 DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE LLP _/s/ Richard L. Cys____________________ Richard L. Cys (D.C. Bar No. 87536) Lisa B. Zycherman (D.C. Bar No. 495277) 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20006-3402 Telephone: (202) 973-4217 Facsimile: (202) 973-4499 Email: Email: __/s/ James P. Walsh___________________ James P. Walsh (D.C. Bar No. 930115) Suite 800 505 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94111-6533 Telephone: (415) 276-6500 Facsimile: (415) 276-6599 Email: Counsel for Petitioner Madni /s/ Julie Withers Julie Withers, Associate Allen & Overy LLP 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Tel: (212) 610-6300 Fax: (212) 610-6399 Counsel for Petitioner Mahdi 10

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