You surely don't know the name nor should you, really. But Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan Al-Sahlani was quietly given his freedom Thursday by the U.S. Government and finally allowed to exit the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
"Our client, Jawad Al-Sahlani, was released from GTMO today," Chicago lawyer Jeffrey Colman informed me late in the evening. "He should never have been there."
His client was never charged with a crime after being labeled an enemy combatant as a result of claims he'd been associated with the Taliban. He denied the charges and was not allowed to call witnesses to refute the claims. Nobody ever alleged he was with al-Qaeda or was involved in any hostilities against us or any of our allies.
The decision to transfer him to the custody of the Iraqi government was made by a task force created by President Obama and came days before a federal court hearing in Washington on a habeas corpus petition by his attorneys, all of whom worked for free. They are Bill Wertheimer of Detroit and three lawyers from Chicago's Jenner & Block, namely Colman, Sapna Lalmalani and Sarah Crane. Colman was nominated for the federal bench by President Clinton but never made it due to Senate Judiciary Committee wrangling unrelated to the merits of his selection.