Latif v. Obama

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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:

Detention & Guantanamo

Less-Redacted Latif

The D.C. Circuit has released a less-redacted version of its Latif opinion. I haven't read it yet, but the D.C. Circuit Review web site has and notes that the new version offers significantly more information about the underlying intelligence report than did the still-more-heavily redacted version released last year.

Detention & Guantanamo

Mark Denbeaux on Latif

I don't normally agree on detention policy matters with Seton Hall's Mark Denbeaux--and there's certainly some rhetoric in this piece in Jurist that I would never use and conclusions I do not reach. That said, I recommend it to those interested in why Latif is a big deal, a point I have made more than once myself.

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