Secrecy & Leaks

Briefing on Protective Order Modification in Al Qahtani

By Wells Bennett
Saturday, September 1, 2012, 8:10 AM

Earlier this week, Judge Rosemary Collyer rejected a proposed modification to protective orders entered in Mohammed al Qahtani's habeas case.  Al Qahtani's lawyers had asked the judge to change the orders, so as to permit them to file a classified declaration in a Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") suit brought on al Qahtani's behalf in a New York federal court.

Now we've got our hands on the parties' written briefs.  The motion to modify is here.  The government's opposition and the petitioner's reply can be found here and here, respectively.