We are only into February, and already it is obvious that my client in Guantánamo can throw out his calendar for 2013. No need to go through the exercise of crossing off each passing day, week, and month, hoping that tomorrow might be the day he is finally released. No, forget about 2013, I will tell him. This isn’t your year.
I represent Ali Hussein Al Shaaban, a 30-year-old Syrian national who has spent the last decade in the US prison camp at Guantánamo. This, despite the fact that Ali is one of 86 detainees cleared for transfer since 2009 as a result of a unanimous decision made by the US national security apparatus.