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Al Odah Remains Detained:  At SCOTUSblog yesterday, Lyle Denniston reported that federal District judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has decided to uphold Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah's captivity at Guantanamo Bay.  Al Odah challenged his captivity in the 2004 case Al Odah v. United States, the companion case to Rasul v. Bush.  The U.S. Supreme Court decided that Al Odah had the right to challenge the legality of his detention, and yesterday - five years later - his challenge came to an end.  Denniston report's that the reasoning Judge Kollar-Kotelly's decision borrows "from other District judges a definition of presidential detention power that is less expansive than those proposed by both the Obama Administration and, before it, the Bush Administration," but still concludes that the government has justified Al Odah's captivity.  The government had to prove that "an individual has become part of one or more" of the Taliban, al Qaeda or "associated forces" is "whether the individual functions or participates within or under the command structure of the organization -- ie., whether he received and executes orders or directions."  The government met this burden with more than sufficient evidence - including Al Odah's admissions.

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