Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al.

Jan. 24, 2020

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard a military-chartered aircraft for travel from Joint Base Andrews to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to cover military commission pre-trial proceedings scheduled for United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al., March 16 – April 3, 2020.

Reporters are not required to stay for the entire duration of scheduled hearings. Flights between NSGB and Joint Base Andrews will be available the following Saturdays:

  • March 14 – Joint Base Andrews to NSGB
  • March 21 – both to and from NSGB
  • March 28 – both to and from NSGB
  • April 4 – NSGB to Joint Base Andrews

Media desiring to view this hearing from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay must complete the registration form. All requests must be received no later than noon EST, Friday, Jan. 31. Multiple requesters from the same organization must register separately via the form.

Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed. Additional viewing is available for media members via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Media desiring to view this hearing from Fort Meade, must send their requests via email to with the following information.

Subject: Case Name and Date

  • Individual's full name
  • Individual's position
  • Sponsoring organization
  • Contact information (cell phone and email)

NOTE 1: There are no tours of detention camps scheduled during military commissions. Requests for reporting on Guantanamo topics not related to the military commissions must be coordinated through OSD Public Affairs and the Joint Task Force Guantanamo public affairs office. The primary purpose of travel to Guantanamo Bay 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