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DOS Cable re: Guidance to Foreign Governments to Gain Access to Their Citizens Who are Detained at Guantanamo, January 11, 2002

Jan. 11, 2002 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 3774
This State Department cable provides talking points concerning informing foreign governments about the transfer of their citizens/nationals to Guantanamo after they were picked-up on the battle field of Afghanistan. The cable instructs the Missions/Embassies to assure host governments that “All detainees have been and will continue to be treated humanely and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Convention.” And the U.S. “[is] evaluating the possibility of returning certain individuals to their country of nationality for further detention and legal action” The detainee’s government is also being asked “Do you have any information from your own sources that connects these persons with al-Qaida or the Taliban? And, “What types of punishments are available under your law for offenses that have been or might be brought against these persons in your country?” Finally, “If pressed: We are studying the issue of allowing foreign governments access to [the] detainees in Guantanamo. Bay and will discuss with you further soon.”