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, Maryland to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Sept. 14 to cover military commission proceedings scheduled for United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, Sept. 15-16. Return travel is planned for Sept. 17.
For media desiring to attend the commission, travel begins on Sept. 14 and ends on Sept. 17. Travel originates at Andrews AFB, Maryland on Sept. 14; return flight from Guantanamo to Andrews AFB, Sept. 17.
Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed. However, there is additional opportunity for media members to view the proceedings by closed circuit television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, from Sept. 15-16 (Hadi al Iraqi).
Media desiring to view either or both of these hearings should send their requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Aug. 28. Media members should submit their names, positions, sponsoring organization and contact information to the above email address. 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.
NOTE 1: The Military Commission hearings in the trial of United States v. Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu Al-Nashiri are cancelled for September and will resume Oct. 6-10.
NOTE 2: There are no tours of detention camps scheduled during military commissions. Request for reporting on Guantanamo topics not related to the Military Commission (courtroom) must be coordinated through OSD Public Affairs and Joint Task Force-Guantanamo public affairs. The primary purpose of travel to Guantanamo is courtroom reporting.
NOTE 3: All media must ensure their passports and visas (foreign press) are up-to-date and eligible to enter and exit the United States.
Further information including the media ground rules can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website at http://www.mc.mil.