Barhoumi v. Obama (D.D.C. Sep. 3, 2009)

September 24, 2009

* Barhoumi v. Obama (D.D.C. Sep. 3, 2009)

This one is three weeks old, but I did not learn of it till today and am not aware of any media coverage of it.  In any event, in the attached order Judge Collyer grants judgment on the record against a GTMO detainee, denying Barhoumi’s habeas petition. There is no discussion in the order of why the petitioner lost, and I don’t have the underlying motion papers that would shed light on what apparently was a strong government case.  It may be that the government’s submissions were sealed, of course.


United States v. Kaziu (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 24, 2009)

September 24, 2009

* United States v. Kaziu (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 24, 2009)

A busy week in Brooklyn…DOJ has announced the indictment of Betim Kaziu, based on the following allegations (this is from thepress release, not the indictment):

According to the indictment and other documents filed by the government, in early January 2009, Kaziu devised a plan to travel abroad for the purpose of joining a radical foreign fighter group and to take up arms against perceived enemies of Islam. Read the rest of this entry »


United States v. Zazi (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 24, 2009)

September 24, 2009

*United States v. Zazi (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 24, 2009)

Najibullah Zazi, who was arrested earlier this week on charges of making false statements to the FBI, has now been indicted in New York on a single count of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction (note: the WMD statute encompasses ordinary explosives) to attack persons or property in the US, in violation of 18 USC 2332a(a)(2).  I have not seen the indictment yet, but here is the relevant content of the press release: Read the rest of this entry »