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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 016-12
February 21, 2012

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced

            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 Feb. 27, 2012, to cover a military commissions arraignment on Feb. 29, in the case of “United States v. Majid Shoukat Khan.”  Return travel is planned for Mar. 1.

            Media applications to attend this hearing should be e-mailed to GTMO.Press@osd.mil .  All requests must be received no later than noon, Feb. 22.  Due to the limited time available prior to the commissions proceeding, no requests received after noon on Feb. 22 will be considered.  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.

            The charges against Khan allege that he joined with members of al Qaeda in Pakistan to plan and prepare attacks against diverse targets in the United States, Indonesia, and elsewhere after Sept. 11, 2001.

            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.  Additionally, media are advised to include their passport number, the country of issue, and passport expiration date.

            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.