UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
June 18, 2009
MOHAMMED AL ADAHI, PETITIONER,
BARACK OBAMA, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gladys Kessler United States District Judge
Petitioner Al Adahi has moved to compel Respondent to produce videotapes of three forced extractions of Petitioner from his cell at Guantanamo Bay. Since the filing of this Motion on June 8, 2009, the Government has informed Petitioner of the existence of videotapes of three additional extractions. Respondents seek to use a number of statements made by Petitioner against him at his habeas corpus hearing to be held on Monday, June 22, 2009. No counsel, either for the Petitioner or the Government, has seen the videotapes. Consequently, it is impossible for any counsel to make representations as to whether they are or are not exculpatory. Petitioner argues that there are reasons to believe that the actions of the Forced Cell Extraction Teams ("FCE Teams") have in the past been abusive, violent, and inhumane. See Exh. A to Petitioner's Motion. In this case, one of the forced extractions occurred approximately 15 days after Petitioner Al Adahi gave a very inculpatory statement to Government interrogators. Consequently, the videotapes may be exculpatory, in which case they would fall squarely within paragraph I.D.1 of the Case Management Order. Therefore, the videotapes must be produced so that this determination can be made.*fn1
WHEREFORE, it is this 18th day of June, 2009, hereby ORDERED, that Petitioner's Motion to Compel Production of IRF Videotapes is granted, and the videotapes discussed must be produced by Friday, June 19, 2009, unless counsel are able to agree to a different schedule.*fn2