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DoD Report on Adnan Latif Death

A sad coda to the story of Adnan Latif, the Guantánamo detainee found dead in his cell on September 8, 2012. As I mentioned in yesterday's roundup, a classified military report released on Friday confirms that  Latif committed suicide by overdose; he swallowed 24 capsules of the anti-psychotic drug Invega. Latif  also had eight other drugs in his system and a case of acute pneumonia at time of death.


Emptywheel on Latif---and Wittes

Over at the Emptywheel blog, the estimable Ms. Wheel does not like my reflections on Adnan Latif from the other day. She opens:

I’d like to take issue with Ben Wittes’ post on the sadness of Adnan Farhan abd al Latif’s death. I certainly agree with Wittes that Latif’s death is terribly sad. But I object to Wittes’ take on three related grounds. Wittes,


Thoughts on Adnan Latif

I have spent a lot of time publishing other people's statements on the death of Adnan Latif over the past couple of days and have refrained from expressing my own views---in part because I have been gathering and composing my thoughts, which are mixed and which I offer here without apology for their lack of especial coherence. I find Latif's case uncommonly sad---not just sad in the way that all deaths in custody are sad, but sad for a different reason: Almost nobody really thought that Adnan Latif needed to be in custody at all. His death, therefore, should have been avoidable.


Sabin Willett and David Remes on Adnan Latif

I will offer my own thoughts on the death of Adnan Latif later on, but several people have sent me comments on the subject that I am going to post first. Rather than do this in a string posts, I’m going to consolidate two in this one post. David Remes, one of Latif’s lawyers, sent me the following on Amnesty International’s plans for a major campaign for his now-dead client’s freedom:


Detention & Guantanamo

Al-Amyn Sumar on Latif and the Presumption of Regularity

The Harvard Law Review has published this article on the Latif decision as its presumption of regularity by a student named Al-Amyn Sumar. The article is dated in two important respects--first, that it argues for cert that was denied just before its publication and second, that it is based on the initial, heavily-redacted version of a the Latif opinion, whereas a more fulsome version is now available. Its basic thesis is:

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