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DOD response

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ALEXANDRA,VA 223502100
September 2013
Mr. Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch
425 Third St.,
Suite 800
Washington, 20024
Dear Mr. Fitton: have considered your request that Judicial Watch included the group non-
governmental organizations (NGOs) afforded right first refusal travel Guantanamo
Bay observe military commission proceedings. This letter serves recon the policies
set forth the August 19th memo.
The original NGOs invited travel Guantanamo were selected due their
ability reach international audience, their experience with international human rights
criminal trials, and their stated mission advance human rights through advocacy and respect
for the law. you know, have since been able increase access military
commissions, botl1 through additional NGO observers Guantanamo and the establishment
closed-circuit television (CCTV) feeds locations the Washington DC, New York, and
Boston areas. Given logistic challenges, must limit NGO observers actually
Guantanamo more than 14; therefore, must have appropriate process assign
those positions should demand exceed quotas. have determined that limiting the right
first refusal the five original NGOs consistent with the continuing purpose this policy,
consistent with the practice that has been observed since 2003, and will facilitate greatest
access all interested and quali NGOs. appreciate Judicial Watchs interest the conduct military commissions, and hope that availability such that you will able continue send observers
Guantanamo. noted the August 19th memo, you are always welcome send observers Fort Meade, Maryland, the other CCTV locations.
K/J ~)/J_{/l,i,, ,0),(A3.L/lb/J illLi!-lL Quinn
Chief Staff
for Military Commissions
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