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All Party Parliamentary Grp. on Extraordinary Rendition v. United States Dept. of Defense

United States District Court, D. Columbia

September 29, 2015

ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION et. al., Plaintiffs,
v.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE et. al., Defendants

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          For ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTRY GROUP ON EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION, ANDREW TYRIE MP, JOE CYR, Plaintiffs: Audrey Elaine Moog, LEAD ATTORNEY, HOGAN LOVELLS U.S. LLP, Washington, DC; Adam R Feeney, Carolyn E. Kruk, Derek J. Craig, Joe Cyr, PRO HAC VICES, HOGAN LOVELLS U.S. LLP, New York, NY.

         For U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Defendants: W. Scott Simpson, LEAD ATTORNEY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC.

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          OPINION AND ORDER

         PAUL L. FRIEDMAN, United States District Judge.

         Plaintiffs, an elected member of the U.K. Parliament, a parliamentary group, and an American attorney, brought this suit pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (" FOIA" ) against various government agencies, including the United States Department of Defense. Plaintiffs have requested documents related to (1) the United States' extraordinary rendition program, and (2) intelligence operations concerning certain terrorist suspects held by the United States. The National Security Agency (" NSA" ), a separate agency within the Department of Defense, and the plaintiffs have cross-moved for summary judgment. After careful consideration of the parties' papers, the attached declarations and exhibits, the relevant legal authorities, and the oral arguments presented by counsel on August 18, 201 5, the Court will grant the NSA's motion for partial summary judgment and deny the plaintiffs' cross-motion.[1]

         I. BACKGROUND

         Plaintiffs seek records responsive to 43 FOIA requests submitted to defendants. Roughly half of plaintiffs' requests, Nos. 1-18, 21-34, 41 (in part), and 43 (collectively " Group 1 Requests" ), concern the United States' extraordinary rendition program. Compl. Ex. A (FOIA Request) at 7-11. Specifically, plaintiffs seeks records relating to communications between the United States and foreign governments about extraordinary rendition and secret detention, names of detainees, information about where detainees were held and transported, details about the detention of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al Nashiri, and intelligence information gathered from the interrogation of these individuals. Id.

         The remaining half of plaintiffs' requests, Nos. 19-20, 35-40, 41 (in part), and 42 (collectively " Group 2 Requests" ), relate to documents regarding certain terrorist suspects detained by the United States. Compl. Ex. A (FOIA Request) at 7-11. Specifically, the requests seek documents concerning communications between the U.K., the United States, or any foreign government about Abu Qatada between September 2001 and November 1, 2002, Abu Qatada's locations during that period, names of individuals detained by other countries, intelligence gathered about specific terrorist plots and the sources for this intelligence, and the sources of intelligence

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used to arrest and detain Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Id.

         II. ...


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