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Release No: 063-13
October 24, 2013

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced

United States v. Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu Al-Nashiri

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions announce that commissions proceedings in the case of United States v. Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu Al-Nashiri are scheduled from Nov. 4 – 8. Seats will be allocated for news media aboard military chartered aircraft for travel from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Nov. 2. Return travel is planned for Nov. 9.

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 media members to view the proceedings by closed circuit television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 4 – 8.
Media desiring to view these hearings should send their requests via email to both of the following e-mail addresses: Andrea.C.Hahn@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil and osd.pentagon.pa.mbx.gtmo-press@mail.mil. All requests to observe the commissions at Guantanamo Bay must be received noon, Oct. 28. Requests received later than noon, Oct. 28, will not be considered. Media members should submit their names, positions, sponsoring organization and contact information to the above email addresses.

Multiple names from the same organization may be listed. Requesters should indicate each individual's desire to be considered for travel to Guantanamo or Fort George G. Meade or both.

If the number of media requests received exceeds the number of available media spaces at either Guantanamo Bay or Fort George G. Meade, selections will be made based on the following criteria and categories:

- Media outlets that consistently reach a large audience;

- Media outlets that have a history of reporting on the Department of Defense, Guantanamo Bay, military commissions, or closely related topics;

- Outlets that represent a mix of mediums;

- Outlets that include both domestic and international news media; and

- Media that represent regional markets with a specific nexus to these commission proceedings.

Applicant media organizations are welcome to provide documentation and examples demonstrating how they meet one or more of the above criteria and categories. Media selected to travel to Guantanamo or to attend the CCTV broadcast in the United States will be sent a selection confirmation by email after the closing date of Oct. 28, 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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