Updated at 2:34 p.m.
Update: The D.C. Circuit this afternoon granted the government's emergency motion for a stay. The order puts on hold a ruling blocking groin searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The U.S. Justice Department will challenge a court order barring officials at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility from administering invasive groin searches of detainees before they can meet or speak with their lawyers.
The government today filed a notice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the trial court order. Yesterday, DOJ lawyers asked U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth to stay his July 11 order as the government pursues the appeal. In the D.C. Circuit, the government today asked for an administrative stay, which would temporarily block Lamberth’s order.
DOJ lawyers said in their court papers Tuesday that compliance with the judge’s order "would have severe consequences to the safe operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."