Gitmo Ruling Of The Day: A Yemeni's Freedom And The Government's Fear

Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the immediate release of a Yemeni prisoner named Yasin Basardh on the grounds that the government no longer possessed a compelling rationale to hold him. Today, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle released an unclassified memorandum explaining her reasoning. Basically,  the government contends that Basardh is dangerous and might re-affiliate with terrorist groups. But the government's own evidence suggests that Basardh cooperated with the government, snitched on other prisoners, and is seen by terrorist groups as an outcast. The likelihood of him joining such a group is low, the judge ruled. For some reason, the word  "cooperation" is redacted by the court. It's apparently still an official secret that Basardh cooperated with the government. Huvelle rolls her eyes at the government's orneriness here,  noting that a Washington Post article laid bare the facts of the case and that Basardhs's "cooperation" [technically redacted" is known to the world" and this his ties to the enemy"have been severed."  There's a twist: citing the new authority granted to the government in another case, Huvelle denies Basardh's request to be transferred to a friendly country...because only the executive branch can determine who's friendly.