Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi
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, to cover military commission pre-trial proceedings scheduled for United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, July 20-31.
Travel originates at Andrews AFB, Maryland, on Sunday, July 19; the return flight from Guantanamo to Andrews AFB is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1.
Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed. However, there will be an 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 July 20-31.
Media desiring to view this hearing should send their requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests must be received no later than 12 p.m. EDT, July 1. Media members should submit their names, positions, sponsoring organization, contact information, birthdate, and passport 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 attendance at Fort Meade.
NOTE 1: 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 2: All media must ensure their passports and visas (foreign press) are up-to-date and eligible to enter and exit the United States.
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Further information including the media ground rules can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website at http://www.mc.mil.