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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 June. 12-30 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 the primary purpose of this invitation is to cover the military commissions. Tours of the detention facilities are not available. Requests for reporting on Guantanamo topics unrelated to the military commissions—such as the naval base facilities or personnel—must be coordinated in advance through the respective public officer who has authority over those topics. OMC public affairs can provide point of contact information as needed. 

Coverage windows: 

  • Jun. 10-17
  • Jun. 17-24
  • Jun. 24-Jul 1

*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. EST, Friday, Mar. 31.  
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: