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DOS Cable re: Guidance and Talking Points to Foreign Governments Concerning Their Citizens Detained at Guantanamo, January 24, 2002

Jan. 24, 2002 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 3934
This State Department cable provides talking points for US mission & Embassy officials to inform foreign governments about the transfer of their citizens/nationals to Guantanamo after they were picked-up on the battle field of Afghanistan. It states that the U.S. Government is “The United States is evaluating the possibility of prosecuting these detainees in a U.S. forum”. But that “We are also evaluating the possibility of returning certain individuals to their country of nationality for further legal action” “We would hope that you would be able to prosecute vigorously all of your nationals who have aided al-Qaida terrorists”. The cable also states that the US will provide “the opportunity to visit detainees for intelligence gathering or law enforcement Purposes”. 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, assurances are given that the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) will be given an opportunity to visit Guantanamo, to ensure the treatment of the detainees is in compliance with international standards for the of treatment of detainees.