DoD Releases Names of 759 Current, Former Guantanamo Detainees
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 Defense officials today released 201 more names of detainees at the U.S. facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The list released today includes the names of 759 detainees who are or were held at the U.S. detention facility for war on terrorism detainees. The department first released 558 of these names April 19.
Those 558 names were of detainees who had gone through the Combatant Status Review Tribunal process, implemented in July 2004 to give detainees a forum to contest their designation as enemy combatants.
"This approximately 200 didn't attend a CSRT because they were released or transferred from Guantanamo either before the CSRT process was established or & before going through the entire CSRT process," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters this morning.
Today's release of information is the fourth such release brought about by a lawsuit filed under the federal Freedom of Information Act by the Associated Press.
In March officials released 5,000 pages of transcripts of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals and of another procedure, Administrative Review Boards, designed to be held annually to determine if detainees properly classified as enemy combatants still pose a threat to the United States.
A month later, on April 3, DoD released another 2,000 pages of Administrative Review Board transcripts and 600 pages of submissions made by private attorneys on behalf of detainees.
In total, DoD has released about 7,500 pages of documents pertaining to proceedings concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Today's release is the result of an agreement made between the Associated Press, the courts and the government, not a direct judicial order resulting from the lawsuit, Whitman said.
"It is by agreement that we are making this list available now," he said. "It is not part of the original lawsuit."
Other information released today includes each detainee's name, internment serial number, country of citizenship, and place and date of birth. Officials did not specify whether this list includes the names of every detainee who is being or has ever been held at Guantanamo Bay.