Sunday, August 9, 2015

The ongoing battle between the so-called Justice department and the Department of Defense

A lawyer for the detainee, a Yemeni named Tariq Ba Odah, has asked a federal judge to order his release because of his “severe physical and psychological deterioration.” On Friday, for the third time, the Justice Department asked a judge to extend its deadline to respond, saying the administration needed another week “to further consider internally its response to petitioner’s motion.”
Behind the scenes, according to the officials, the petition has set off an interagency debate. State Department officials say that the government should not oppose his release, citing his medical condition and the incongruity of sending diplomats to ask other countries to take in such detainees even as the Justice Department fights in court to prolong their detention.