Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced

No. 103-11

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will provide seats for news media aboard military chartered aircraft for travel to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 16, 2012, to cover a military commissions motions hearing Jan. 17-18, in the case of “United States v. Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri.” Return travel is planned for Jan. 19.

Media applications to attend this hearing should be e-mailed to . All requests must be received by 5 p.m. EST, Jan. 3. Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, media travel is not guaranteed. There will be additional opportunity for media to view the proceedings by closed circuit television (CCTV) at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Motions to be presented include Prosecution Motion for Protective Order to Protect Sensitive but Unclassified Information (AE 014), Defense Motion to Bar the Department of Defense from Monitoring Defense Counsel’s Computers (AE 016), Prosecution Motion regarding Public Access (AE 018), as well as the proposed trial schedule. The text of the motions can be found on the Office of Military Commissions website under the active cases section using the defendant’s name.

Media should submit their names, positions, sponsoring organization and contact information to the above email address. Multiple names may be listed for organizations requiring support personnel. Requesters should indicate each individual’s desire to be considered for travel to Guantanamo or Fort Meade or both.

Media selected to travel to Guantanamo or attend the CCTV broadcast in the United States will be sent a selection notification by email after the closing date along with further travel information including media ground rules which can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website under the media resources section.

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