The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a ruling denying Guantanamo detainee Saifullah Paracha's petition for habeas corpus. In the January decision, the court held that the government may detain Paracha on the basis of evidence that he rendered "substantial support" to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, though he was not a member of either. The decision is available here and below.
Detention & Guantanamo
As both a candidate and as president, Barack Obama repeatedly expressed his desire to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The facility and its role in the military's detention operations have been deeply controversial from the beginning of the war against Al Qaeda. Timelines for closing the facility have come and gone, yet the administration has been stymied by legislation that has made the task extremely difficult. Detention has been litigated up and down the federal appellate ladder. And as criminal trials have begun for some of the inmates in military commissions, the legal questions surrounding their detention and treatment have only gotten thornier.