The Center defended a Qatari national detained as an “enemy combatant” in the United States in his habeas corpus action that challenged the Executive's claim to unchecked authority to indefinitely detain a legal reesident of the U.S. without any charge of wrongdoing. Mr. al-Marri was imprisoned without trial and without due process between 2003 and 2009.
The Brennan Center filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a group of distinguished federal judges in support of Maher Arar, a Canadian who was subject to extraordinary rendition to Syria.
The Brennan Center filed in the Ninth Circuit Court an amicus brief for a group of civil rights organizations working on behalf of ethnic minorities in a case dealing with the legality of domestic surveillance programs.
The Brennan Center filed an amici brief asking the D.C. District Court to allow Congress to proceed with its efforts to enforce the subpoenas issued against Joshua Bolten and Harriet Miers in the executive privilege case related to the contentious 2006 firing of nine U.S. Attorneys