The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard military-chartered aircraft for travel to and from Joint Base Andrews to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) to cover Military Commission pre-trial proceedings scheduled for United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al., July 20 – Aug. 10, 2019.
Reporters are not required to stay for the three-week duration of scheduled hearings. Flights between NSGB and Joint Base Andrews will be available the following Saturdays:
- July 20
- July 27
- Aug. 3
- Aug. 10
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, Md.
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 5:00 PM (EDT), Monday, June 17.
Media members should submit the following information to the email address above:
– Individual’s full name
– Individual’s position
– Sponsoring organization
– Contact information (cell phone and email)
– Country of residence
– Emergency Point of Contact (name/phone number)
– First time traveling to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Multiple names from the same organization may be listed. Requesters should indicate each individual’s desire to be considered for travel to Guantanamo Bay 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 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.
Further information including the media ground rules can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website at https://www.mc.mil.