John Does 1-570 v. George W. Bush

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John Does 1-570 v. George W. Bush is a combined writ of habeas corpus submitted on behalf of detainees held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1]


Following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the United States began an offensive known as the War on Terror. A number of individuals suspected of terrorist ties or activities were held in Cuba at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps.


Several hundred of the detainees in Guantanamo had individual habeas corpus petitions filed on their behalf. When the lawyers working on the captives' behalf encountered difficulties with the Department of Defense over the captives' names,[2] they filed this class action on behalf of all the detainees.



  1. ^ Deroy Murdock (December 5, 2005). "Gitmo legal: why are top-notch law firms aiding Gitmo detainees?". National Review. Archived from the original on May 1, 2010. Retrieved 2008-06-22. John Does 1-570 v. George W. Bush, which is essentially a class-action suit involving every enemy combatant at Gitmo not already suing the president for release during wartime. 
  2. ^ Mark Denbeaux; et al. (August 21, 2006). "June 10th Suicides at Guantánamo: Government Words and Deeds Compared" (PDF). Seton Hall University. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-06-11. The Government then informed counsel in December that the detainee had been positively identified because the newer version of the name more closely matched a detainee. However, the Government refused to provide the detainee's identification ISN number and also refused to allow the lawyers to send a letter to their client until the attorneys displayed their 'authority to initiate litigation on behalf of the petitioner.'