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Release No: 024-12
April 17, 2012

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced

            The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard military chartered aircraft for travel from Andrews Air Force Base to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on May 4, 2012, to cover a military commission arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 5 in the case of United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi.  Return travel is planned for May 6.

            Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed.  However, there will be an additional opportunity for other media to view the proceedings by closed circuit television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, Md., on May 5.

            Media desiring to view this hearing should send their request via email to GTMO.Press@osd.mil .  All requests must be received by 5 p.m. EDT, April 23.  Media members 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 George G. Meade or both.

            Media selected to travel to Guantanamo or attend the CCTV broadcast in the United States will be sent a selection confirmation by email after the closing date of April 23 along with instructions on travel.

            Further information including the media ground rules can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website at http://www.mc.mil .

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