The Department of Defense partially complied with a Freedom of Information Act request to release names and transcripts from the captives' Combatant Status Review Tribunals and Administrative Review Board hearings, on March 3 2006.. The Department of Defense released 59 portable document format files, containing transcripts, memos, and other documents. Three of the PDF files contained 121 Summary of Evidence memos.
In early September 2007 The DoD released fourteen pdf files that contained all 464 Summary of Evidence memos prepared for the first annual Board hearings, and ten files that contained all 333 Summary of Evidence memos prepared for the second annual Board hearings.
The names of the captives were redacted from all the transcripts. Their transcripts were identified only by their ID numbers. The captives' Summary of Evidence memos, on the other hand, had their ID numbers redacted, but the captives' names were in the clear.
On April 20 2006 the Department of Defense released a list of the names, nationalities, and ID numbers of the 558 captive whose status double-checked by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal. The release of a list of names, and ID numbers allowed the transcripts to be correlated with the captives' names. It also allowed the official spelling of the names, as of April 20 2006, to be compared with official spelling of the names in 2005.
The Department of Defense released a second official list on May 15 2006. The Department of Defense said the 759 names on the second list represented all the captives who were held, in military custody, in Guantanamo. However the names of several dozen men who have been reported to have been held captive in Guantanamo were missing from the official lists.
The memos were all from the Presiding Officer assigned to the captive's Board to the captive, via the Assisting Military Officer assigned to the captive. Under the rules under which the Board hearings were conducted, the Assisting Military Officer was supposed to learn the captive's account of himself, and present that story to the Tribunal, if the captive was unwilling or unable to attend.
The memos all contained the same five numbered paragraphs:
Both the factors favoring continued detention, and the factors favoring release or transfer were followed by lists of allegations, or "factors".
Transfer, in this context, means repatriation to the custody of the authorities in their native country.
The allegations, or "factors", the favored continued detention were always further categorized into sub-headings, like: "Intent", "Commitment", "Connections", "Associations", "Training", and "Other Relevant Data". The factors under each subheading were always separately numbered, except intermittently, if the subheading only had a single factor.
Some of the allegations, or factors, did not concern the activities or associations of the captives, before their capture.
The factors favoring release were not numbered. This list was almost always quite brief, and, in some instances, merely said: "not applicable". One common factor favoring release was that the captive had claimed he had no advance knowledge of the plans for Al Qaeda's attacks on the USA on September 11, 2001.
The 121 captives whose Summary of Evidence memo, prepared for their first annual Review Board, was released are:
|3||Gholam Ruhani||AFG||54|| |
|6||Mullah Norullah Noori||AFG||99|| |
|8||Abdullah Gulam Rasoul||AFG||36|| |
|38||Ridah Bin Saleh Al Yazidi||TUN||51-53|| |
|45||Ali Ahmad Muhammad Al Rahizi||YEM||38|| |
|48||Abdulah Alhamiri||UAE||41|| |