Advisory
Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al. Pre-Trial Hearing

April 18, 2022

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions (OMC) invites media to cover pre-trial proceedings in the case of United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek Bin 'Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi Bin al Shibh, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, scheduled for June 27 – July 22, 2022. Specific coverage windows are identified below as they relate to flight availability. Media desiring to cover this hearing from the Expeditionary Legal Complex located in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Cuba must complete the online travel request form to initiate the approval process.

Deadline: All requests must be received no later than noon EDT, Friday, April 22.

Registration Note: Multiple requesters from the same organization must register separately via the online travel request form. On the registration form, please use the drop down button to select this case (United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al) as the one you desire to attend. Then, complete all information requested. Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at NSGB, selection is not guaranteed.

Logistics

Qualifying news media will travel to NSGB on a military-chartered aircraft from Joint Base Andrews (JBA), which is located nearby Washington, DC in Maryland. Media members should be prepared to make adequate travel arrangements to travel to JBA for their respective flight. Cost of the military-chartered flight is $800.

The tentative flight schedule for this pre-trial hearing is below (all flights leave/depart on a Saturday):

  • SAT June 25 – JBA to NSGB
  • SAT July 2 – JBA to NSGB & NSGB to JBA
  • SAT July 9 – JBA to NSGB & NSGB to JBA
  • SAT July 16 – JBA to NSGB & NSGB to JBA
  • SAT July 23 – NSGB to JBA

Please note that the flight schedule, to include departure and arrival locations, is subject to change.

Important: All media must ensure their passports and visas, as applicable, are up-to-date and eligible to enter and exit the United States. Media should be prepared to complete additional documents and provide passport information following completion of online registration form.

Coverage Considerations

The primary purpose of this media invite is courtroom reporting. Photography or other media devices are not permitted in the courtroom. You may be afforded time to acquire b-roll video/still photos outside the Expeditionary Legal Complex, as well as the ability to do live shots as required. Tours of the detention facilities are not available. Please keep this in mind as you consider your coverage for your respective outlet.

Requests for reporting on Guantanamo Bay topics beyond the scope of the military commissions system will be referred to respective public affairs office responsible for that topic area. OMC PA staff will provide applicable contact info prior to travel for coordination if schedule permits.

COVID Requirements

Media who can provide proof of being fully vaccinated (post 14-days from receiving complete COVID-19 vaccination of a DoD approved vaccination) will be considered for travel on the OMC charter flight. Media who are not fully vaccinated may not view the hearing from NSGB. Selected media will also be required to provide printed proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 viral test within 72 hours prior to the charter flight departure.

Once on NSGB, media members may be subject to surveillance testing and will adhere to personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements directed by the NSGB Commanding Officer, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, or the military judge.

Alternative Viewing Site

Additional viewing is available for media via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, in Maryland. Regular COVID-19 mitigation protocols, such as mask wearing and social distancing apply at all locations, although media viewing from Fort Meade are not subject to COVID-19 testing requirements.

Media desiring to view this hearing from Fort Meade must send their requests via email to osd.mc-alex.OMC.mbx.omc-pa@mail.mil with the following information (multiple requesters from the same organization must send separate emails):

Email Subject Line: Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al, 27 JUN – 22 JUL 2022

Individual's full name

Individual's occupation/position

Sponsoring organization (News Outlet)

Contact information (cell phone and email)

Stock Imagery

Expeditionary Legal Complex – B-roll 2017

Expeditionary Legal Complex – Photos 2014

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1710409/expeditionary-legal-complex-guantanamo-bay-cuba#.VLAavzZOk-4

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