DOS Memo re: Talking Points on Guantanamo Bay Detainees

State Department talking points memo on addressing the criticism over Guantanamo Bay detentions. The memo states that "Criticism is particularly strong in Europe and the Middle East. [The] Europeans have objected to the detention of [their] nationals with no consular visits and no timetable for transfer, release, or the bringing of criminal charges." the memo continues: "The criticisms seem to demonstrate little understanding of our motives or legal justification." The document is then heavily redacted.

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Non-legal Memo
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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PUBLIC DIPLOMACY STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN FOR
ENEMY COMBATANTS ISSUE

Background: The detention of enemy combatants in the U.S.

Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is causing persistent

criticism of the United States in international media.

Criticism is particularly strong in Europe and the Middle
East. Europeans have objected to the detention of
nationals with no consular visits and no timetable for
transfer, release, or the bringing of criminal charges. We
also hear the assertion that some detainees are innocents
caught in the crossfire and wrongly detained. A recent
article from the Middle East claims that the detention is a
form of revenge rather than of justice. The criticisms
seem to demonstrate little understanding of our motives or
legal justification.

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After media provided
unbalanced coverage about the conditions of detention, a
series of actions, including a White House fact sheet,
limited press access, and interviews of military officials
and Muslim chaplains by State's International Information
Programs (TIP), were developed to counter the negative,
reports. Now, protest seems to be gathering over the openĀ­ended nature of the detentions.

The first anniversary of September 11, continuing
challenges in litigation (foreign and domestic), a visit to
Guantanamo by the ICRC, the recent OSCE meeting, domestic
and foreign litigation, and election campaigns in several
Operation Enduring Freedom partner nations, all have served
to keep this issue alive with critics.\

UNITED STATES DEPARTM ENT OF STATE UNCLASSIFIED REVIEW AUTHORITY: ARCHIE M BOLSTER

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