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Zaid v. Obama

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


June 17, 2009

WALEED SAID BN SAID ZAID, PETITIONER,
v.
BARACK H. OBAMA, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John D. Bates United States District Judge

ORDER

On May 27, 2009, the Court deferred ruling on petitioner's motion to construe "reasonably available evidence" to include information gathered by the Guantanamo Review Task Force. The Court noted that it was awaiting Judge Hogan's ruling on a consolidated motion filed by respondents which addressed a related issue. Judge Hogan has since denied respondents' motion. Nonetheless, at this time, the Court does not know whether the Task Force has reviewed petitioner's detention, and if not, when it intends to do so.

Also on May 27, in response to petitioner's motion seeking an order requiring respondents to show cause why a certain methodology of discussing declassified information with non-resident third parties is not workable, the Court ordered the parties to file a joint status report. The Court noted that respondents had stated an intention to provide public versions of declassified information to petitioners, and hence directed the parties to advise whether petitioner's motion was now moot. On June 5, 2009, the parties filed their status report. Although respondents stated their belief that the motion is moot, petitioner explained that it was not -- he is not satisfied with the public versions provided by respondents. Yet petitioner noted that Judge Hogan's ruling on a different consolidated motion -- respondents' motion to designate all unclassified factual returns as "protected" -- might still moot petitioner's motion. But at this time, respondents are weighing how to proceed in complying with Judge Hogan's order and opinion, which was issued on June 1, 2009.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that respondents shall file a status report by not later than June 24, 2009. The status report shall notify the Court whether the Task Force has reviewed petitioner's detention, and if not, when it intends to do so. As to petitioner's motion seeking an order to show cause, the Court does not intend to rule on motions the parties may resolve among themselves. Hence, the parties shall file a separate, joint status report once respondents have complied with Judge Hogan's order. The joint status report shall advise whether respondents' filing moots petitioner's motion, and, if not, what action is requested from this Court.

SO ORDERED.

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