Tag: Mohammed Jawad

Is this our “foot in the door”?

Good Saturday morning, I hope everyone takes the time to go read, if you missed them, several pieces (links below) on the new News of Jawad’s case, “Mohammed Jawad, the Afghan boy seized {2002} for allegedly throwing a grenade at U.S. troops and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay ever since, may be on his way home to Afghanistan within three weeks.”

A federal judge, ruling for the first time that the U.S. government must release a detainee who once faced terrorism charges, on Thursday told officials to free a young Guantanamo prisoner by Aug. 21 or 22 so that he can return to his home country, Afghanistan.


In a formal order expected to be issued later Thursday (7/30), Judge Huvelle said, the government will be given seven days to prepare a report to Congress that is now required before any Guantanamo detainee is to be freed.  Then, 15 days after that, the government must complete plans for Jawad’s transfer out of Guantanamo, the judge indicated.

By Aug. 24, a written report is due on Jawad’s status, the judge said. “By then, I hope he’s en route to Afghanistan,” she commented.


The blogosphere seems to be a-buzz, I haven’t looked at any MSM just yet.

ALERT: Glenn Greenwald promises a podcast today of an interview with ACLU’s lawyer:

I’m going to have a podcast interview posted here tomorrow {Saturday} morning with Jawad’s lawyer, the ACLU’s Jonathan Hafetz, but for now, I want to emphasize one point.  When Congress passed the Military Commissions Act in 2006, they explicitly denied the right of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.  In other words, they tried to bar these detainees from having the very judicial hearings which are resulting in findings that there was no evidence to justify the accusations against them.

I will include more links for you below, but if you do nothing else this weekend, go read this in full (pdf) ((bring Kleenex)):

Closing Argument at Guantanamo: The Torture of Mohammed Jawad, Major David J.R. Frakt.