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Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing

The Department of Defense invites media to cover pre-trial proceedings Oct. 17-28 for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the defendant charged in the attack on the USS Cole (DDG 67).

The proceedings will take place at the Expeditionary Legal Complex located in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Cuba and transmitted to select closed circuit television sites.

Media may choose to travel to NSGB if agreeable to coverage windows outlined below and willing to pay flight fees associated ($800); coverage windows are determined by flights, which are Saturday to Saturday. Specific ground rules will follow registration. Media members should note that there may be restrictions in what can be covered during their time on NSGB.

Coverage windows: 

  • Oct. 15-22
  • Oct. 22-29

*Media may choose to stay more than one week.

Registration: Click here  for registration and select the appropriate case and dates as outlined above. 

Deadline: All requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 12. 

Additional details of travel logistics and COVID procedures will be provided separately. By submitting the online request form, interested media will begin the travel process and respective OMC PAOs will be in touch to assist in travel preparations.


Media desiring to view this hearing from the media-designated viewing site at Fort Meade, Maryland must send their requests via email to with e-mail subject line matching the court case and applicable media information: name, position, sponsoring organization and contact info.

Media may contact Lt. Cmdr. Adam Cole for additional questions at or 571-372-8934.

Case information can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website: