(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "gov.uscourts.dcd.116163"

Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 1 of 20 



UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 



IN RE: 

GUANTANAMO BAY 
DETAINEE LITIGATION 



Misc. No. 08-442 (TEH) 
Civil Action Nos. 



02-CV-0828 
04-CV-1254 
04-CV-2046 
05-CV-0270 
05-CV-0392 
05-CV-0569 
05-CV-0764 
05-CV-0883 
05-CV-0994 
05-CV-1048 
05-CV-1236 
05-CV-1429 
05-CV-1490 
05-CV-1506 
05-CV-1592 
05-CV-1623 
05-CV-1646 
05-CV-1725 
05-CV-2083 
05-CV-2185 
05-CV-2249 
05-CV-2378 
05-CV-2384 
05-CV-2398 
06-CV-0618 
06-CV-1688 
06-CV-1759 
06-CV-1767 
08-CV-0987 
08-CV-1153 



04-CV-1136 
04-CV-1937 
04-CV-2215 
05-CV-0280 
05-CV-0492 
05-CV-0634 
05-CV-0833 
05-CV-0889 
05-CV-0995 
05-CV-1124 
05-CV-1244 
05-CV-1457 
05-CV-1497 
05-CV-1509 
05-CV-1601 
05-CV-1638 
05-CV-1649 
05-CV-1971 
05-CV-2088 
05-CV-2186 
05-CV-2349 
05-CV-2379 
05-CV-2385 
05-CV-2444 
06-CV-1668 
06-CV-1690 
06-CV-1761 
07-CV-1710 
08-CV-1085 
08-CV-1185 



04-CV-1164 
04-CV-2022 
05-CV-0023 
05-CV-0329 
05-CV-0520 
05-CV-0748 
05-CV-0877 
05-CV-0892 
05-CV-0998 
05-CV-1189 
05-CV-1347 
05-CV-1458 
05-CV-1504 
05-CV-1555 
05-CV-1602 
05-CV-1639 
05-CV-1678 
05-CV-1983 
05-CV-2104 
05-CV-2199 
05-CV-2367 
05-CV-2380 
05-CV-2386 
05-CV-2477 
06-CV-1674 
06-CV-1691 
06-CV-1765 
07-CV-2337 
08-CV-llOl 
08-CV-1207 



04-CV- 
04-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
05-CV- 
06-CV- 
06-CV- 
06-CV- 
07-CV- 
08-CV- 



1194, 
2035, 
0247, 
0359, 
0526, 
0763, 
0881, 
0993, 
0999, 
1220, 
1353, 
1487, 
1505, 
1590, 
1607, 
1645, 
1704, 
2010, 
2112, 
2200, 
2371, 
2381, 
2387, 
2479, 
1684, 
1758, 
1766, 
2338, 
1104 



TOINT REPORT INRESPON5E TO COURT'S TULY U 2D08 SCHEDULING ORDER 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 2 of 20 



Pursuant to the Court's July 11, 2008 Scheduling Order, undersigned counsel for 
petitioners and respondents in the above-captioned cases jointly state as follows: 
A. 

L Repondoits' PositiGn 

With respect to the issue of amendments to the Amended Protective Order and 
Procedures for Counsel Access to Detainees at the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo 
Bay, Cuba, first issued on Novembers, 2004, 344 F. Supp. 2d 174 (D.D.C. 2004), as 
supplemented by the Order Addressing Designation Procedures for "Protected Information," first 
issued on November 10, 2004; and the Order Supplementing and Amending Filing Procedures 
Contained in November 8, 2004 Amended Protective Order, first issued on December 13, 2004, 
respondents have attached hereto as Exhibit 1 a proposal to amend the procedures for submitting 
filings to the Court. Respondents request that the Court enter an order adopting tiiese filing 
procedures in the above-captioned cases and vacate the current provisions of the Amended 
Protective Order governing filing procedures (i.e., paragraphs 46 and 47 of the Amended 
Protective Order as well as the Order Supplementing and Amending Filing Procedures Contained 
in November 8, 2004 Amended Protective Order). The amended filing procedures update and 
improve the process for submitting filings in two significant respects. First, petitioner's counsel 
would be authorized to submit filings directly on Court's electronic filing system if counsel do 
not believe and have no reason to believe that a filing contains classified or protected 
information. Second, filings containing only "protected information," as defined by the 
Amended Protective Order, but not classified information, would be submitted pursuant to Local 



Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 3 of 20 



Civil Rule 5.1(j), the local rule of this Court governing under seal filings. Respondents reserve 
the right to seek future modifications to the Amended Protective Order and supplemental orders 
as appropriate. 

With respect to a proposed protective order for use in cases involving "high-value 
detainees" ("HVDs"), respondents have proposed to counsel for HVD petitioners tiie protective 
order adopted by the Court of Appeals in HVD cases brought under the Detainee Treatment Act 
("DTA"), revised to reflect matters including procedural and substantive differences between 
DTA cases in the Court of Appeals and habeas corpus proceedings in this Court. No agreement 
on the proposed HVD protective order has been reached, however, and at least some petitioners' 
counsel believe that the matter should be resolved through litigation, on a schedule to be 
determined by the Court through input of the parties at a status conference. Respondents are 
amenable to the Court holding a status conference to determine a schedule for litigating 
appropriate issues related to an HVD protective order. 
2 Petiticna:^ Poaticn 

a. Proposed Amended Protective Order 

Petitioners urge the Court to enter in all Guantanamo detainee habeas cases the protective 
order entered by Judge Green in In re Guantanamo Detainee Cases, 344 F. Supp. 2d 174 
(D.D.C. 2004). This order includes the following: (1) the Amended Protective Order and 
Procedures for Counsel Access to Detainees at the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo 
Bay, Cuba, first issued on November 8, 2004, 344 F. Supp. 2d 174 (D.D.C. 2004); (2) the Order 
Addressing Designation Procedures for "Protected Information," first issued on November 10, 
2004; and (3) the Order Supplementing and Amending Filing Procedures Contained in 



Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 4 of 20 



November 8, 2004 Amended Protective Order, first issued on December 13, 2004. Petitioners 
refer to these orders collectively as the "Standard Protective Order." 

The Standard Protective Order, as entered in Zalita v. Bush, No. 05-cv-1220 (RMU), is 
attached hereto as Petitioners' Exhibit A. This order was the product of months of negotiation, 
briefing and argument before Judge Green, and is fully capable of governing all Guantanamo 
habeas cases. SeeAdem v. Bush, 425 F. Supp. 2d 7, 10-12 (D.D.C. 2006) (describing the lengthy 
process by which the Standard Protective Order was created).^ 



' The Court Security Office ("CSO") has lecommended additional minisberial 

changes to the Standard Protective Order. See Exhibit 1 . Petitioners consent to tiieir entry by the 
Court with one clarification: the government must provide to counsel and the Court a version of 
each court filing containing classified or protected information that is suitable for filing on the 
public record mthin two weeks of the original filing date. Respondents object to this proposed 
amendment by petitioners' counsel and request an opportunity to be heard on this point before 
any such requirement is adopted by the Court. 

Nothing in the above should be taken to foreclose the possibility that individual counsel 
may in the future propose amendments to the protective order in their particular cases to reflect 
special circumstances arising in those particular cases. 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 5 of 20 



b. Proposed Protective Order for "High-Value" Detainees^ 
As an initial matter, Pditioneis object to any reference or cbaiacterization of certain 
Guantanamo prisoners as "High- Value Detainees" or "HVDs," and ask this Court; not to refer to 
any ddainees by those terms. Wh^her a Guantanamo ddainee has ar^ intelligence "value" may 
only be ddermined, if at all, through habeas corpus, and is not relevant to v\teher that prisoner 
is entitled to habeas relief. 

Petitioners contend that this Court should enter the Standard Protective Order in cases 
irwoMng presunptivdy TOP SECRKT/ZSENSmVE COMPAKnVENTED INFORMATION 
('TS/ZSCI") informatiorL Althou^ each case irwolves different facts, each case irwotes the 
same statutory and constitutional principles, and each raises at least one common guestion - 
v\teher the prisoner's continued urpisonment is justified in light of constitutional principles or 
is unlawful. To date, the Standard Protective Order has governed habeas cases irwoMng all 
levels of classified information. In fact, the Standard Protective Order specifically contenplates 
and is fully c^^able of governing filings that contain presunptivdy TS//SCI information.^ 
Indeed, presurrglively TS//SCI information has already been filed in at least one habeas case 
under the Standard Protective Order. See Motion for Hearing for Inguiry Concerning 



^ As indicated below, there is a dispute concerning representation of petitioner Al-NasMri 

(ISN 10015). Counsel inAl-Nashiri v. Bush, No. 08-cv-1207 (RWR), join this response to the 
Court;'s July 11, 2008 Order. The position of counsel inA/i Nashir v. Bush, No. 08-cv-1085 
(PLF), is uncertain. Counsel for other petitioners take no position concerning the dispute in 
representation. 

^ The Standard Protective Order expressly sets forth provisions to govern habeas counsel's 

access to TS//SCI information. See Amended Protective Order H 9 (defining "classified 
information" to be used in these cases as including "any classified document or information" that 
has been classified as "'CONFIDENTIAL,' 'SECRET,' or 'TOP SECRET,' or additionally 
contiDlled as 'SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI).'"). 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 6 of 20 



Destruction of Evidence Related to CIA Detainee Interrogations, Zalita v. Bush, No. 05-cv-1220 
(RMU) (D.D.C.) (dkt. no. 82) (filed Jan. 15, 2008). At tiie time the original protective order was 
litigated before Judge Green, the government did not argue that additional provisions were 
necessary to protect TS//SC I information, and it should not be heard to argue otherwise now. No 
harm resulted from the filings in the Zalita case, and none would if the Standard Protective Order 
were entered in other cases involving presumptively TS//SCI information.^ 

Pelitionens otgect to the govemmenf s proposed protective order, v\Mch is modeled on 
the protective order applicable in Ddainee Treatment Act cases and contains many substantive 
differences from the Standard Protective Order. The disputed issues are too numerous and 
conplex to address fully or adequately in an unclassified joint status report Accordingly, to the 
extent this Court is inclined to enter a protective order that differs from the Standard Protective 
Order in the cases irwoMng presunqlively TS//SCI information, Pditioners request that this 
Court schedule separate briefing and argument on the protective order issues.^ 

If the Court chooses to order briefing and argument, a question immediately arises 
concerning the conditions under v\Mch counsel labors v\ten the briefing and argument proceed 
The government may argue that the protective order entered in Pditioners' Ddainee Treatment 
Act cases should remain in place throughout briefing and argument But that protective order is 
so restrictive that it would actually prevent counsel from briefing and arguing the issues fully and 



^ Moreover, to the extent the CSO may request further ministerial changes to the 

Standard Protective Order, such as modifications to the procedures for transporting legal mail 
containing presunptively TS//SCI information. Petitioners wiU attend to reach agreement with 
the CSO ard the government on those matters. 

^ Because the interests of the Petitioners in the cases in question are quite varied, 

they request that the Court provide the opportunity for separate briefing (rather than requesting a 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 7 of 20 



adequately, and in a coordinated fashion. Petitioners thus request an initial status conference to 
address various issues that will plainly arise in connection with briefing and argument. 

Among these particular issues, Petitioners must be permitted to disclose presumptively 
TS//SCI information to this Court in their briefs and argument in order to ensure full and 
adequate consideration of all relevant protective order issues. Petitioners' TS//SCI security- 
cleared counsel also must be permitted to share presumptively TS//SCI information among 
themselves in order to make a single coordinated presentation to this Court. But pursuant to the 
terms of the protective order that currently governs counsel access to Petitioners in their Detainee 
Treatment Act cases, counsel are expressly prohibited from sharing classified information with 
other counsel or with this Court absent permission from the Justice Department. 

The ability to share presumptively TS//SCI information is a particularly important issue 
that potentially cuts across numerous Guantanamo detainee habeas cases. In any hypothetical 
instances where prisoners in cases involving presumptively TS//SCI information may have 
inculpated other Guantanamo prisoners while under torture, including military commission 
defendants, or perhaps federal criminal defendants, counsel for those prisoners or defendants 
would require some mechanism to discover and test exculpatory information, while maintaining 
privilege and an appropriate working relationship. Thus, ensuring consistency among all counsel 
who will require access to presumptively TS//SCI information is a further reason why this Court 
should enter the Standard Protective Order in all habeas cases. 



single brief and a single representative at argument) from this group of petitioners. 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 8 of 20 



Petitioners also would need to make ex parte, sealed submissions to the Court in order to 
address disputed protective order issues in context of their privileged and confidential litigation 
strategies. These matters should also be addressed at a status conference. 

In addition, Petitioners notify this Court that they anticipate there will be substantial, 
material factual disputes in the cases involving presumptively TS//SCI information warranting 
discovery. As counsel have already informed counsel for the government, petitioner Majid 
Khan^ specifically will seek to serve interrogatDiies and depDsition notices (or subpoenas) on 
certain current and fonner senior government officials v\to may have exculpatoiy information, if 
any, concerning him Khanalsovvillseektointerviewotherprisonens in U.S. custody. 

Finally, Pditioners request that representatives from the CIA General Counsel' s Office 
be required to attend all proceedings before this Court in cases iiwoMng presurrptivdy TS//SCI 
information Their presence is necessary in order for them to justify orverify the positions taten 
on various matters, including with respect to entry of a protective order, and on the ground that 
these officials appear to be the sole dedsion-maters with settlement authority in these cases. 
The Special Litigation Team, as counsel for the Privilege Review Team, should also be iiwolving 
in briefing and argument concerning protective order issues. 

R With respect to duplicate petitions that were filed on behalf of a single individual, 
the parties have taken significant steps to resolve this issue. The problem of duplicate petitioners 
arises primarily because of two habeas petitions filed in late 2005 involving, collectively, over 
two hundred petitioners: Mohammon v. Bush, 05-CV-2386 (RBW) and A /-Ha/ ma ndy v. Bush, 
05-CV-2385 (RMU). These two petitions sought habeas relief on behalf of many petitioners that 



Khan's habeas case is iC/ian v. Bush, 06-cv-1690 (RBW). 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 9 of 20 



had previously- filed habeas actions already pending on their behalf. Since the filing of these two 
cases, counsel for petitioners and respondents have worked together to identify only those 
petitioners in tiie cases who do not have duplicate habeas petitions pending before the District 
Court and have not been transferred or released from Guantanamo Bay. The thirty petitioners in 
tiie Mohammon case that meet this criteria are listed in Exhibit 2.^ A listof the seven petitioneis 
mtbeAl-Halmandy case that meet this criteria listed in petitioner's individual status report 
attached hereto as Exhibit 3 .^ The parties are in agreement that the remaining petitioners in the 
two cases not listed in Exhibits 2 & 3 should be dismissed without prgudice. Petitioners, 
however, reserve the right to reinstate the dismissed petitions, if necessary, as to those petitioners 
who may have been transfened or released from Guantanamo Bay. 

Assuming the dismissal of the aforementioned petitioners in theMohammon and 
Halmandy cases, and excluding the duplicate petitions that have already been dismissed, as well 
as the cases pending before Judges Leon and Sullivan that are not consolidated herewith, the 
parties are aware of only two duplicate petitions. First, petitioner Y ounis Shakur (ISN 197) in 
Imran v. Bush, 05-764 (CKK) has a previously- filed petition pending inAl-Wazan v. Bush, 05- 
CV-329 (PLF). Respondents' position is that the petitioner should be dismissed from the later- 
filed case {Imran) and should proceed in the eariier- filed case {Al-Wazan). Petitioner's counsel 
is willing to proceed in the earlier-filed action, should the Court prefer. Second, petitioner 
Abddul Rahim Hussein Muhammed Ali Nashir (ISN 10015) in A/; Nashir v. Bush, 08-CV-1085 



^ Respondents note that the issue of v\teher petitioner Ahmed Omar (ISN 30) proceeds 

intbeMohammon case or a later- filed case before Judge Sullivan, Al Hakimi v. Bush, 08-CV- 
1 1 1 1 (EG S), has not been resolved. 

^ Respondents note that they are still in the process of verifying the proposed 
identifications of petitioners Nargeri, Warzly, and Saleh. Respondents will report back to the 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 10 of 20 



(PLF) has a second petition pending on his behalf mAl-Nashiri v. Bush, 08-CV-1207 (RWR). 
As explained in respondents' individual status report filed on July 18, 2008 in the A/i Nashir 
case, there is a dispute among two different groups of counsel regarding the representation of 
petitioner Nashir. Respondents take no position at tiiis time as to tiiat dispute or witii respect to 
which petition should proceed, but reserve their position on these issues as appropriate. 

C. Attached hereto as Exhibit 4 is a chart listing petitioners currentiy detained at 
Guantanamo Bay whose habeas corpus cases are currently dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.^ 
Petitioners request, and Respjndents do not opp)se, vacatur of the dismissal orders in these 
cases. 

L Respondaits' PoatiGn 

Attached hereto as Exhibits 5 and 6 are charts listing the petitioners inthe above- 
c^Dtioned cases who are ^jproved by the Department of Defense for release or transfer from 
Guantanamo Ba5^. Exhibit 5 lists those pditioners v\to are approved for transfer to the control of 
another government for release. Exhibit 6 lists those petitioners v\to are ^pDved for transfer to 
the control of another government for possible ddention, investigation, and/or prosecution as 
that government deems ^jpropriate under its own laws. 

With respect to consolidation of the pditions listed in Exhibits 5 and 6 before one Judge, 



Court in the event of a dispute regarding tiie identity of these petitioners. 

^ Additional cases were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds by the District Court 
foUowingthe Court of Appeals dedsioninBoiimediene, but many of those dismissal orders were 
later vacated by the District Court or by the Court of Appeals. The parties have not included a 
list of these cases in this report. Rather, the cases listed on Exhibit 4 are the only cases in which 
jurisdictionally- based dismissal orders have not been vacated. 

'° Subsection "D" was omiti;ed from tiie Court's July 11, 2008 Order. 



Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 1 1 of 20 



respondents have no objection to this suggestion. However, despite the discretionary decision 
that these petitioners may be released from United States custody and transferred to a foreign 
country, they nonetheless have been determined to be enemy combatants by the United States, 
and there are many unique fact-specific, or country-specific circumstances that will be presented 
in these petitions. Thus, although Respondents do not object to consolidation, the Government 
reserves its rights with regard to all unresolved issues as to such detainees, including but not 
limited to questions about the effect of decisions of the Department of Defense approving a 
detainee for release or transfer, about the autiiority of the Department of Defense to hold such a 
detainee as an enemy combatant, about the assurances necessary to effectuate release from 
United States custody and transfer to a foreign country, and about the proper role of the judiciary 
in reviewing transfer determinations. SeeMunafv. Green, 128 S.Ct. 2207, 2226 (2008). 

Another issue regarding the consolidation of cases appears appropriate to note for the 
Court's attention. Onjuly 10, 2008, the Court, per Judge Hogan sitting as coordinating judge, 
entered an order in Mo/iammon v. Bush, Civil Action No. 05-CV-2386 (Docket Number 481), 
consolidating the claims of two of the many petitioners in that case with the claims of six other 
cases, and transferring those five cases along with the claims of the two named Mohammon 
petitioners to the docket of Judge Urbina. On the same day, another order was entered, per Judge 
Huvelle as the Chair of the Calendar and Case Management Committee, Docket Number 483, 
transferring the Mohammon case in its entirety to the docket of Judge Urbina. Respondents 
respectfully request that the Court clarify whether the second order was intended to effectuate the 
first. If so, because the first order transferred only part of the case to Judge Urbina' s docket, 
respondents respectfully request that the second order be reconciled with the first by clarifying 



10 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 12 of 20 



that the claims of only those Mohammon petitioners mentioned by name in Judge Hogan's order, 
Docket Number 481, be transferred to the docket of Judge Urbina. 
2 Petiticna^sr Fbaticn^^ 

As the Court has recognized in its July 11, 2008 Scheduling Order (112.E.), not all of the 
pditioners v\to have been cleared or authorized for release or transfer (for corwerdence, the 
"cleared petitioners") are similarly situated For exanple, some seek, vMle others oppose, 
repatriation to the country of their birth; and some have individual defenses to continued 
ddention that are not available to others. It should not be surprising, therefore, that 
notwithstanding a conference call and numerous other communications counsel for these more 
than fifty pditioners are not atie to state a unified position on the subject of consolidation, 

A large m^ority of the petitioners subscribing to this joint report oppose full 
consolidation and transfer of these cases to a single judge for all purposes, because they believe 
that each petitioner is entitled under the Supreme Courts Boumediene decision to a separate 
hearing on the merits of his individual habeas petition. 



'' The following response to paragraph 2.E of the July 11, 2008 Scheduling Order is 
submitted on behalf of the petitioners in the following proceedings, v\tose counsel (i) know that 
their clients have been cleared for release from Guantanamo, and (ii) have been able to 
communicate on the sutgect of consolidation: 04rcv-1254 (for petitioners Mohammed 
Mohammed Hassea ISN 681, and Adil Said Al H^ Obeid Al Busayss, ISN 165); 05-cv-0748 
(for pditioners Mohsen Abdrub Aboassy, ISN 091, Mohammed Saeed Bin Salman, ISN 251, 
and SameerNajy Hasan Mukbd, ISN 043); 05-cv-0994 (for petitioner Tohirjanovich, ISN 675); 
05-CV-1347 (for petitioner Fartd Saiid bin Mohammed ISN 311); 05-cv-1353 (for petitioner 
Motai Saib, ISN 288); 05-cv-1497 (for petitioner Add al Wirghi, ISN 502); 05-cv-1504 (for 
petitioner Nalil Hadjarab, ISN 238); 05-cv-1505 (for pditioner Abbar Sufian Al Hawary, ISN 
1016); 05-CV-2349 (for petitioner Ahmed Bdbacha, ISN 290); 05-cv-2386 (for petitioners Al 
Yafie, ISN 034, Ali Sher Hamidullah, ISN 455, El Falestery, ISN 519, and S^ Bin Abdallah, 
ISN 46); 06-CV-0618 (for petitioner Feghoul, ISN 292); 06-cv-1766 (for petitioner Hentif, ISN 
259); and 08-cv-1185 (Mohammed AbdAl Al Qadir, ISN 284). 



11 



Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 13 of 20 



At the same time, a large (but not the same) majority of the cleared petitioners agree that 
it may be beneficial to coordinate the efforts to secure their transfer to countries where they will 
be free from persecution and to consolidate their cases for the limited but significant purpose of 
furthering those efforts. With due regard for separation of powers principles, a single judge 
handling the cases of all cleared petitioners may be able to facilitate solutions to transfer- related 
problems that have to date been intractable. 

All of tiie cleared petitioners strongly oppose an indeterminate continuation of their 
detention, which for many is in its seventh year. Therefore, consolidation of the cases for the 
limited purpose described above should be without prejudice to the right of any petitioner who is 
prepared to proceed with an adjudication of the merits of his petition to seek at any time such an 
adjudication by the judge to whom the proceeding has been assigned (or, with the consent of that 
judge, another judge of this court). 

Furthermore, the cleared petitioners ask the Court to make clear, if it orders consolidation 
to any extent, that (i) the government's obligations under paragraph 4 regarding factual returns 
and amended returns applies to cleared as well as uncleared petitioners, and (ii) cleared 
petitioners shall be entitled to discovery under the same conditions as uncleared petitioners. All 
cleared petitioners, but particularly those who continue to bear the stigma of an enemy 
combatant designation, are entitled to know whether the government believes that facts in 
addition to those in the CSRT record justify continued detention. 

F. The parties propose that the coordinating judge enter an omnibus order providing 
tiiat all Boumedi'ene-related motions to dismiss and motions to stay be denied as moot, subject to 
tiie following further qualifications on which the parties do not agree, as noted. 



12 



Case 1 :05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 14 of 20 



In April 2007, respondents filed motions to dismiss in all of the above- captioned cases 
tiiat were pending at that time, on the basis of section 7 of the Military Commissions Act 
("MCA"), Pub. L. No. 109-366, 120 Stat. 260, and tiie construction and application of that 
statute articulated mBoumediene v. Bush, 476 F.3d 981, (D.C.Cir. 2007), rev'd, 128 S.Ct. 2229 
(2008). The Court is respectfully referred to that motion as filed in the case listed first above, 
which can be found at Civil Action No. 02-CV-828, Docket Number 320, which lists in its 
caption all the cases in which the motion was filed. Petitioners' opposed the motions to dismiss 
and in many cases filed stay and abey motions. The judges of this Court handled the motions to 
dismiss in a variety of ways, including granting them, holding the cases in abeyance or otherwise 
staying them, and forebearing from ruling on the motions. In light of the Supreme Court's 
reversal of the Court of Appeals' Boumediene decision, the parties are in agreement that the 
dismissal motions are no longer warranted insofar as they were based on section 7 of the MCA. 
Nor is it any longer appropriate to stay those cases. 

As explained elsewhere in this Report, however. Respondents contend that dismissal of 
petitions brought by or on behalf of petitioners no longer at Guantanamo Bay remains 
appropriate. Petitioners object to dismissal on mootness or other grounds. 

Accordingly, the parties consent to the lifting of any stays in these cases. Respondents 
content that the lifting of stays, however, should not render ripe any motions that are pending in 
these cases. Rather, motions should be calendered in accordance with respondents' suggestions 
in paragraph G, below. Petitioners object and contend that motions identified in response to 
paragraph G, below, should be decided as set forth in Petitioners' Exhibit B attached hereto. 

The action that should be taken with regard to dismissal motions, however, according to 



13 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 15 of 20 



Respondents, involves several additional considerations. Respondents hereby withdraw their 
motions to dismiss grounded on section 7 of the MCA as to all petitioners who are still at 
Guantanamo Bay. The habeas claims of those petitioners who are no longer at Guantanamo Bay, 
who are listed in Exhibit 3 of Respondents' Individual Status Report, filed on July 18, 2008, 
should be dismissed on tiie ground of mootness. Again, Petitioners object to dismissal on 
mootness or other grounds. Nonetheless, respondents hereby withdraw the dismissal motions 
made as to such petitioners insofar as they are based on section 7 of the MCA. Further, 
according to Respondents, the Court is alerted to the fact that almost all the petitioners in these 
cases have named as respondents individuals who are not custodians of Guantanamo Bay 
detainees, and who are therefore not proper respondents, including among the most glaring 
examples the President and Vice President. Claims against improperly named respondents 
should be promptly dismissed. Petitioners object to dismissal of the President and Vice 
President, and other respondents, on the ground tiiat they are custodians of Guantanamo Bay 
detainees and otherwise proper respondents. Additionally, respondents contend that the habeas 
claims of detainees against whom charges have been sworn pursuant to the Military 
Commissions Act should be dismissed or held in abeyance pending resolution of those charges. 
Because respondents believe that not all petitioners with claims subject to dismissal as described 
in this paragraph would agree to such dismissals, respondents intend to propose at a later date a 
schedule for coordinated briefing regarding the dismissal and/or abeyance of claims in these 
categories. Indeed, Petitioners object to the dismissal or stay of any claims of detainees against 
whom charges have been sworn or may be sworn pursuant to the Military Commissions Act. 



14 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 16 of 20 



G. Respondents do not have any motions pending in these cases that are ripe for 
decision. Petitioners have identified the motions set forth in Petitioners' Exhibit B hereto that 
tiiey wish to have resolved. Respondents propose that any motion currently pending that relates 
to the merits of a specific case be deferred until consideration of the merits of that case by the 
assigned judge, and that all other motions should be resolved in a coordinated fashion by the 
coordinating judge. Petitioners object and contend that the motions should be heard in the 
manner set forth in Petitioners' Exhibit B . 

H Respondents propose that the coordinating judge enter an omnibus order providing 
tiiat stays entered in any of these cases be lifted. 

I. Attached hereto as Exhibit 7 is a chart listing the cases in which an appeal or petition 
for certiorari is pending. 

J. 

L ReEpondads' Poatkn 

Respondents propose that biweekly telephone conferences be held on the record with 
regard to the coordination of these matters, witii the coordinating judge presiding. Such 
conferences should be held in the following fashion. By 5:00 PM on the business day 
immediately preceding each conference, any petitioner's counsel wishing to be heard should 
send an email message to a designee of respondent's counsel and to a member of the Court's 
staff designated by the Court. Should respondents wish to be heard with regard to a particular 
petitioner's case, respondents would notify tiiat petitioner's counsel and the Court by 5:00 on the 
business day immediately preceding the conference. Should respondents wish to be heard on a 
more general matter, respondents would notify one attorney designated by petitioners' counsel 



15 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 17 of 20 



by 4:00 PM on the business day immediately preceding the conference. The Court would call 
the matters to be heard by first calling the cases in the order in which petitioner's counsel's 
emails are received. Any case not called at that point as to which respondents had identified an 
interest in being heard, would then be called. Finally, any general matters as to which 
respondents have provided notice would be heard. Respondents propose that no motion other 
tiian a dispositive motion or a motion for an extension of time would be entertained by the Court 
unless that motion was first discussed during the course of a conference set up in accordance 
witii this paragraph. 

2 Petiticna:^ Poaticn 

a. Petitioners do not object to regular status conferences before the Court. 
However, they respectfully submit that conferences should be scheduled at the Court's discretion 
or at the request of counsel for any party, as needed to address specific issues, rather than on any 
pre-set periodic schedule {e.g., every two weeks). Petitioners believe there may not always be 
sufficient business before the Court to justify holding a regular status conference at which 
hundreds of petitioners' counsel will feel obligated to appear (even when they have no specific 
request pending before the Court). 

b. Petitioners request that counsel not located in Washington, DC, be 
permitted to appear by telephone at status conferences, without restrictions as to the number of 
counsel appearing. The government takes no position on this request. 

c. Petitioners further request that counsel be permitted to appear and 
participate directly in any status conferences that may impact their individual clients. Petitioners 
object to any requirement that they designate other representative counsel to speak on behalf of 



16 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 18 of 20 



their clients at status conferences. The government takes no position on this request. However, 
Respondents have proposed other procedures to govern status conferences, including with 
respect to counsel registering in advance their intention to appear and participate, to which 
Petitioners object. 

d. Petitioners also object to any proposal that the parties be required to 
propose motions to the Court at a status conference prior to filing any no n- dispositive motions. 
This seems to us a thinly- disguised version of the government's earlier request that the Court 
require pre-motion conferences before motions may be filed. There already exists a requirement 
that the parties confer before filing non-dispositive motions, see LCvR 7(m), a requirement 
which the judges in this district have strictly enforced. The government has not demonstrated 
that a problem exists - for example, it has not shown that counsel for petitioners have filed 
duplicative, over- numerous, or frivolous motions in the past, nor could it. There is no need to 
create additional layers of procedure (whose burdens will primarily affect petitioners, as the 
parties seeking relief here) as a solution to a non-existent problem. 

K. 

L Repondeits' Poatkn 

Respondents have agreed to provide to a petitioner's counsel the unclassified portions of 
the CSRT record pertaining to that petitioner, where petitioner's counsel have not previously had 
access to the unclassified or classified CSRT record either through habeas litigation or litigation 
in the Court of Appeals under the Detainee Treatment Act. Respondents anticipate providing 
such unclassified materials by July 31, 2008, or shortly thereafter. If this undertaking is not 
complete by July 31, 2008, respondents will provide a status report to the Court on August 1, 



17 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 19 of 20 



2008, updating the Court regarding the matter and providing an anticipated completion date. 
2 Petiticna:^ Poaticn 

a. Petitioners understand that the government is attempting to 
produce unclassified CSRT records by July 31, 2008, but that they may be unable to do so in 
every case. Petitioners object to any delay in production of the unclassified records after July 31, 
2008. 

b. The government has also refused to state whether it will permit 
Petitioners to use in their habeas cases the classified records that were produced in connection 
with their Detainee Treatment Act cases. Absent the ability to use that information in their 
habeas cases. Petitioners' counsel may not necessarily be able to provide the Court with all 
relevant information concerning their clients; and their clients may be required to wait weeks or 
months to receive factual returns containing information that they already know, thereby 
delaying their habeas cases unnecessarily. 



18 



Case1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 48 Filed 07/21/2008 Page 20 of 20 



Dated: July 21, 2008 



Respectfully submitted, 



/s/ Shayana D. Kadidal 



ShayanaD. Kadidal (D.C. Bar No. 454248) 

CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL 

RIGHTS 

666 Broadway, 7tii Floor 

New Y ork. New Y ork 10012 

Tel: (212)614-6438 

Fax: (212)614-6499 



GREGORY G.KATSAS 
Assistant Attorney General 



JOHNC.O'QUINN 

Deputy Assistant Attorney General 



On Behalf of Petitioners with Consent* 



/S/ 



Andrew I. Warden 



JOSEPH H. HUNT (D.C. Bar No. 431134) 

VINCENT M. GARVEY (D.C. Bar No. 

127191) 

JUDRY L. SUBAR 

TERRY M. HENRY 

ANDREW I. WARDEN (IN Bar No. 23840- 

49) 

Attorneys 

United States Department of Justice 

Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch 

20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. 

Washington, DC 20530 

Tel: (202)514-4107 

Fax: (202)616-8470 

Attorneys for Respondents 



Except as noted herein. 



19