Emails between Ronald W. Miller and Christoper N. Camponovo re: Questions Concerning Guantanamo Prisoners

Emails between Ronald W. Miller and Christopher N. Camponovo in response to a query by the Mexico City Embassy requesting information on children detained at Guantanamo. Mr. Miller responds that the DoD will only acknowledge that all detainees at Guantanamo, regardless of their age, are considered enemy combatants and that no one has been given POW status.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
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Camponovo, Christopher N (DRL) From: Miller, Ronald W
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Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 2:13 PM
To: Camponovo, Christopher N (DRL)(MLA) Subject: RE: Guantanamo prisoner question
Only thing DoD will acknowledge is that all detainees at GTMO, regardless of their age, are considered enemy combatants. No one has been given prisoner of war status. DoD will not discuss the other questions, or agree to provide GOM or AI updates. ron
—Original Message—
From: Camponovo, Christopher N (DRL)
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 1:59 PM
To: Miller, Ronald W(SIWCI)
Cc: Valderrama, Diana; Walters, Danika: Sicade, Lynn M
Subject: RE: Guantanamo prisoner question

over to SNVC1...any info?
—Original Message—
From: Walters, Danika
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 1:48 PM
To: Sicade, Lynn M; Camponovo, Christopher N (DRL)
Cc: Valderrama, Diana
Subject: Guantanamo prisoner question

Lynn, Chris:
Embassy Mexico City is requesting information on children detained at Guantanamo (see it4 below). Do either of you have current information to answer these questions? dw
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UNCLASSIFIED
TELEGRAM June 03, 2003

SECSTATE WASHDC - ROUTINE

To:N

Action: WHA
From:N

AMEMBASSY MEXICO (MEXICO 4515 - ROUTINE)

TAGS: PHUM, MOPS, KTIA, AF
Captions: None

Subject: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REQUEST INFO ON ANY CHILDREN
DETAINED IN GUANTANAMO

Ref:N

None

1.
This message contains an action request; see para 5.

2.
On May 30, POL Minister Counselor met with representatives
of the Mexico office of Amnesty International (AI). The AI
reps requested information on the status of any children that
are being detained at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo,
Cuba, as a consequence of the Afghan conflict. It is the
particular characteristic of AI that the country offices do
not cover the country in which they are located. Thus the

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DOS-002232
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DATE/CASE ID: 17 NOV 2004 200303827
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Mexico office covers the U.S., hence the AI request for

information thru the Embassy.

3.
AI reps presented the PolMinCouns with a letter addressed
to President Bush to be forwarded to him. The letter
expresses their concern with the welfare of children under 18
allegedly detained at Guantanamo. The letter also calls for
the children,s immediate access to family and legal
assistance.

4.
AI has petitioned us for responses to the following
questions concerning any children detained at Guantanamo:

-the status conferred by the USG on children detained in

Guantanamo.

-Requests that the Embassy inform AI of any changes in the

children's status.

-the number of children detained in Guantanamo as well as

their names, ages, nationalities, and conditions in which

they are being held.

-the number of prisoners released from Guantanamo, and info

as to if any children were among those released.

-requests the Embassy ensure delivery of AI,s letter to

President Bush.

5.
AI representatives asserted that DOD officials (Rumsfeld,
et al.) have publicly admitted that there are children
interned in the detention facilities at Guantanamo.

6.
Action requested: Post requests guidance on the
appropriate response and information that can be released to
AI on the questions above concerning children detained in
Guantanamo.
GARzA

Additional Addressees:

None

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Danika X Walters 06/04/2003 01:35:24 PM From DB/Inbox: Danika X Walters
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