Deputy Secretary of Defense Memo re: Public Affairs Briefing on Detainee Policy (U)

This memo from Paul Wolfowitz, US Deputy Secretary of Defense, to the Attorney General and the directors of the CIA and FBI provides notes and talking points on the most dangerous enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo to provide to the press in a public briefing.

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Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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Monday, December 14, 2009
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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
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FOR: JUDGE. ALBERTO R. GONZALES
JOHNE. McLAUGHLIN
JAMES B. COMBY
SUBJECT: PublicAffairs Briefing on Detainee Policy (U)
(POUO) I have had some information characterizing someof the most
dangerous detainees sent to your staffs for review of security and content
(attached), As you know it is extremely important that weprovide this
information without compromisingsecurity. It will be used tomorrow by Paul
ButlerandMGGeoffrey Millerto briefmembers of the press. Please provide any
comments on the slidesby 5:00pmtoday.
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Examples of Enemy Combatants Detalnedat
Guantanamo
• An individual with links to the financing of the 9/11 plots who attempted to
enter the United States though Orlando Florida in August 2001. Phone
records show that a phone linked to 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta was
also at the Orlando airport that~This individual was later captured in
Pakistan after fleeing Tara Bora~[in public testimony of 9/11
commission]
• Two individuals associated with senior al Qaida members who were
workin~ on remotely ~~Onafed exnlosiv""1evices for use against U.S.
forces In Afghanistan)(b){1)~ One of these individuals was
captured in the raid on Abu Zubaidah's safehouse .
• A member of an at Qaida supported terrorist cell in Afghanistan that
targeted civilians, especially journalists and foreign aid workers;
responsible for a grenade attack on a foreign journalist's automobile·f(b}(1) I
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Examples of Enemy Combatants Detained at
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• An individual who fought with an al Qaida supported terror cell in
.Afghanistan, personally establishing fpconnaissance and ambush
positions around Kandahar Airbase.I(~) I
• An "individual who served as a bodyguard for Usama Bin Laden and
escorted him.to-Iora Bora, Afghanistan following the fall of Jalalabad,
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• An admitted al Qaida member who served as an explosives trainer for al
Qaida and designed a prototype S~Qe born~r destroying airplanes and a
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• An individual who helped stockpile weapons for use against U.S. forces in
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• An individual captured with a list of 33 Jewish
organizations in New York and who told interrogators
that he cased the British embassy in Kabul as part of a
training exercise [UK Mubanga]
• An al Qaida member who met with Usama Bin Laden 3
times and who requested a martyrdom mission [UK
Abassi]
• An al Qaida member who fought in Afghanistan and who
was later captured in a safehouse linked to al Qaida
leader Abu Zubaida [UK Belmar]
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