Raffaela Wakeman

Raffaela Wakeman is an evening student at Georgetown University Law Center, a former researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a legal intern with the Department of Treasury’s Office of General Counsel. The views expressed in this post are her own, and do not represent the views of the U.S. Government or the Department of Treasury. She was a full-time contributor to Lawfare from 2011 to 2014, most recently serving as an Associate Editor.

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Detention & Guantanamo

Remaining Ethnic Uighur Chinese Detainees Transferred from Guantanamo

Today the Department of Defense announced that Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik, and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper have been transferred to the government of Slovakia, and will voluntarily settle in that country. They were the last ethnic Uighur Chinese still held at the detention facility. Eleven detainees have been transferred this year, and there are 155 detainees remaining in Guantanamo.

Detention & Guantanamo

The D.C. Circuit's Opinion in the Bagram Habeas Petitions

On Christmas Eve, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit handed down its opinion in a habeas appeal brought by three detainees held by the United States at Bagram Air Force Base's Parwan detention facility in Afghanistan. The opinion in the consolidated cases of Al Maqaleh v. Hagel, Amanatullah v. Obama and Hamidullah v. Obama, authored by Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, concludes that the federal courts lack jurisdiction to entertain the detainees' habeas petitions.

Guantanamo: Legislation

President Obama Signs 2014 NDAA, Releases Statement on GTMO Provisions

The president's statement today upon signing the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act focuses almost exclusively on the provisions related to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. He acknowledges the more flexible transfer provisions, but concludes that they may violate separation of powers principles.

Detention & Guantanamo

D.C. Circuit Dismisses Bagram Habeas Petitions

This Christmas Eve opinion, authored by Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson for a three-judge panel composed of Judge Thomas B. Griffith and Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams, affirms the district court's conclusion that it lacks jurisdiction to hear habeas petitions brought by detainees held at Bagram Air Force Base's Parwan Detention Facility.