Thursday's session in the USS Cole case brings us heated argument on a defense motion to abate proceedings in light of the military judge's potential involvement with the destruction of evidence at a CIA black site, along with a discussion of Nashiri's health and medical records.
David Ryan is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. Before attending law school, he served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in International Relations and from Georgetown University with an M.A. in Security Studies.
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Does the Freedom of Information Act’s "reading room" provision require DOJ to prospectively disclose controlling legal opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)—i.e., in the absence of a request for specific documents?
During Thursday's session at Guantanamo, Judge Pohl orders Walid Bin Attash to leave the courtroom, decides that he will not recuse himself in a ruling on past destruction of evidence, and hears a motion suggesting Camp Justice itself is contaminated.
A brief overview of the newly enacted FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
2/18 Session: Trying to Finish Classification Review “Within the Lives of Living Men” and Zero Dark Thirty Discovery
Pre-trial hearings in the 9/11 military commissions case resume with the goal of finishing classification review "within the lives of living men."
The Fourth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of Alien Tort Statute claims against a former Colonel in the Somali National Army by a member of clan persecuted by the Barre regime who he detained, interrogated, tortured, shot, and left for dead.
NYT v. DOJ, Part 2: Second Circuit Narrows Circumstances in Which Official Statements Waive FOIA Exemption 5 Protection
The five-year targeted killing FOIA litigation by the ACLU and New York Times suffered a setback yesterday when the Second Circuit unsealed an opinion affirming an SDNY ruling from October 2014 allowing DOJ to withhold several OLC documents related to lethal targeting.