Guantanamo: Litigation: Supreme Court

Abdul Razak Ali Replies to His Own Cert Petition

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 4:00 PM

Here's a novelty: Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali---whose case we have written about a fair bit---has filed a reply brief in response to his own cert petition. Here's how it opens:

Petitioner Abdul Razak Ali respectfully submits this reply brief in further support of his petition for certiorari with respect to the Decision and Order of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which affirmed the denial of his petition for habeas corpus by the District Court for the District of Columbia. In his petition for certiorari, Petitioner raised arguments based solely on issues of undisputed fact: he was arrested in Pakistan, not in Afghanistan, he had nothing to do with the September 11th attacks or terrorism, and he was not engaged in hostilities against the United States or its allies at any time. Petitioner’s "malfeasance” that apparently warrants his life imprisonment without charge was simply an eighteen day stay in the same guesthouse as a man who the government once believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, but, as the evidence showed below, is now no longer believed by the government to have been associated with al-Qaeda.

Both the reply brief and the cert petition, for reasons on which I will not speculate, spell defendant Barack Obama's first name "Barrack."