The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Military Commission (OMC) invite media coverage of the pre-trial proceedings for the U.S. v. Abd al Hadi al Iraq Pre-Trial Motion Hearing scheduled for June 4-18, 2022. Specific coverage is identified below , as they relate to flight availability.Media wishing to cover the hearing at the Expeditionary Legal Center at the Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Naval Base in Cuba must do so Online Travel Request Form Start the approval process.
deadline: All requests must be received by noon EST on Friday, April 1st.
Registration Instructions: Multiple requesters from the same organization must pass Online Travel Request Form. On the registration form, use the drop down button to select this case (United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraq) as the case you wish to participate in. Then, complete all required information. Selection cannot be guaranteed due to limited seats on the flight and limited accommodation at NSGB.
Eligible news outlets will travel to NSGB on military charter flights from Joint Base Andrews (JBA), located outside Washington, D.C., Maryland. The round-trip fee for a military charter flight is $800.
The tentative flight schedule for this pre-trial hearing is as follows (all flights depart/depart on Saturday):
- SAT June 4 – JBA to NSGB
- SAT June 11 – JBA to NSGB & NSGB to JBA
- Saturday 18th June – NSGB and JBA
Please note that flight schedules including departure and arrival locations are subject to change.
important: All media must ensure their passports and visas (if applicable) are current and eligible to enter and leave the United States. Media should be prepared to complete additional documentation and provide passport information after completing the online registration form.
The main purpose of this media invitation is to facilitate court coverage. Photography or other media equipment is not permitted in the court gallery. You may have time outside the Expeditionary Legal Complex for B-roll video/still photos, as well as the ability to take live shots as needed. Unable to visit detention facilities. Keep this in mind as you consider the coverage of your respective outlets.
Report requests on Guantanamo Bay topics outside the scope of the Military Council system will be directed to the appropriate public affairs office responsible for that topic area. If schedule permits, OMC PA staff will provide applicable contact information prior to travel to coordinate.
Media able to provide proof of full vaccination (14 days after receiving a full COVID-19 vaccination with a Department of Defense-approved vaccination) will be considered for OMC charter travel. Media who are not fully vaccinated may not be able to watch the NSGB hearing. Selected media are also required to provide printed proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 virus test within 72 hours of the charter flight.
During the trip, members of the media may undergo surveillance testing and will comply with personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements as directed by the NSGB commander, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, or a military judge.
Alternative viewing sites
Additional viewing is available to the media via closed circuit television (CCTV) at the Media Work Center in Fort Meade, Maryland. While viewing media from Fort Meade is not subject to COVID-19 testing requirements, all locations apply routine COVID-19 mitigation protocols, such as mask wearing and social distancing.
Media wishing to view this hearing from Fort Meade must email their requests to osd.mc-alex.OMC.firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information (multiple requesters from the same organization must send separate emails):
Email subject line: Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, 4-18 June 2022
full personal name
Sponsoring Agency (News Media)
Contact information (mobile and email)
Expedition Legal Complex – B-roll 2017
Expedition Legal Complex – Photo 2014
More information, including ground rules for the media, can be viewed on the website of the Office of the Military Council: https://www.mc.mil.