Thursday, January 11, 2018

It violates our constitution to hold these men for so long with no charge- nevertheless conviction.

On January 11, 2018 my client Razak Ali joined the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and 10 other "detainees" in asking the Court to step in and finally set them free. My client has never been charged with a crime and never will be. The sole reason my client has been detained all of these long years is that he was in a guest house where another man- a man my government wrongly thought was a member of al qaeda- came to stay a few short days before their arrest.
Below is the press release from the CCR and below that are links to several of the pleadings filed today:
On January 11, 2018, the Guantánamo Bay prison starts its 17th year. The prison has now spanned three administrations and five presidential terms. Forty-one men remain detained at Guantánamo. All but one has been imprisoned for more than a decade, and the overwhelming majority of prisoners have not been charged with any crime.
Donald Trump has already demonstrated his hostility towards Muslims and his impetuous policy-making in the name of national security with initiatives like the Muslim Ban. Trump has said he will not release any prisoners, and boasts that he will transfer new terror suspects to the island prison. Unlike previous administrations, which purported to base detentions on individualized determinations about national security, this is yet another example of a policy position based on little more than executive hubris and open animus.
On January 11, CCR and co-counsel filed the first major challenge to Trump’s Guantánamo policies, in federal court in Washington, DC. This collective filing is on behalf of nearly a dozen prisoners who are detained without charge, all for more than a decade. In this court filing, we argue that the petitioners’ perpetual detentions violate the Constitution and the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), and ask the court to intervene on behalf of the men who have been deemed “forever prisoners.”


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