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 a military commission sentencing hearing scheduled for United States v. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, Oct. 12 - 14.
Travel originates at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Wednesday, Oct. 11; return flight from Guantanamo to Andrews Air Force Base, Sunday, Oct. 15.
Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed. However, there is 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.
Media desiring to view this hearing from either Guantanamo Bay or Fort Meade should send their requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST, Friday, Sept. 22.
Media members should submit the following information to the above email address above:
- Individual's name
- Individual's position
- Sponsoring organization
- Contact information (cell phone and email)
- Passport country
- Passport number
- Passport expiration date
- Country of residence
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. Requests 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.