Bagram Documents Released Under FOIA

March 14, 2013

In April 2009, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records relating to the detention and treatment of prisoners held at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. In September 2009, after five months had elapsed without the release of any records, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to enforce its rights under FOIA. Through the FOIA, the ACLU asked the Obama administration to make public records pertaining to the number of prisoners at Bagram, as well as their names, citizenship, length of detention, and place and circumstances of capture. The ACLU also asked for release of records pertaining to the rendition of prisoners to Bagram from outside of Afghanistan, the process afforded prisoners to challenge their detention, and the treatment of prisoners and conditions of confinement.

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ALL FOIA DOCUMENT SETS BY RELEASE DATE

April 2013
04/18/2013 - Request from General David H. Petraeus to Secretary of Defense for Policy Guidance Regarding Unlawful Enemy Combatant Review Board Procedures
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Bagram Detention Operations Policy Memorandum
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Bagram Theater Internment Facility (BITF) Policy Review
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Proposed Revisions to Detainee Review Procedures in Afghanistan
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Unlawful Enemy Combatant Review Board (UECRB) Procedures
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Policy Guidance on Review Procedures and Transfer and Release Authority at BITF
DOCUMENTS

04/18/2013 - Government Release Cover Letter & Vaughn Index
COVER LETTER | VAUGHN INDEX

August 2012
8/17/2012 - Documents released by the Department of Defense, Department of State, and Department of Justice, including documents produced by the Special Task Force on Detainee Disposition.
DOCUMENTS

8/17/2012 - DOJ releases documents from outstanding referrals and consultations (below).
COVER LETTER

8/17/2012 - DOD releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

8/17/2012 - DOS releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

8/17/2012 - DOJ's National Security Division (NSD) releases documents of the now-defunct Special Task Force on Detainee Disposition.
SET 1 (processed by NSD) | SET 2 (referred to DOD) | SET 3 (referred to DHS) | SET 4 (referred to DOJ's Office of Information Policy) | SET 5 (referred to DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel) | SET 6 (referred to DOJ's Office of the Solicitor General) | SET 7 (referred to DOS)

May 2011
5/13/2011 - More complete documents relating to 11 additional DRB hearings. For each of these 11 detainees, the following documents are included: Commander's Final Decision Memo; Memo from DRB President to the Commander or Deputy Commander; DRB Report of Findings and Recommendations; Summary of DRB Hearing.
DOCUMENTS

5/13/2011 - Department of Defense memoranda and other documents describing the DRB hearings and/or disposition of individual detainees.
DOCUMENTS

March 2011
3/11/2011 - Department of State releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

3/11/2011 - Justice Department releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

3/4/2011 - Department of Defense releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

3/1/2011 - Justice Department releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

October 2010
10/29/2010 - More complete documents relating to an illustrative sample of 60 DRB hearings. For each detainee, the following documents are included: Commander's Final Decision Memo; Memo from DRB President to the Commander or Deputy Commander; DRB Report of Findings and Recommendations; Summary of DRB Hearing.
DOCUMENTS

10/29/2010 - Justice Department releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

10/15/2010 - Defense Department releases the latest version of the list of Bagram detainees.
LIST

10/11/2010 - Commander's Final Decision Memos: Memos signed by the Commander or Deputy Commander of the Bagram prison that states the final disposition of a detainee (e.g. release, transfer, continued detention) and whether the detainee is classified as an "enduring security threat." Memos also relate the DRB panel's recommendations, which the Commander or Deputy are nearly always permitted to overrule.
SET 1 | SET 2 | SET 3 | SET 4 | SET 5 | SET 6 | SET 7

August 2010
8/02/2010 - Department of State releases documents.
DOCUMENTS

June 2010
6/9/2010 - Defense Department and Justice Department release documents.
DOCUMENTS

6/8/2010 - Defense Department and National Security Division release documents.
DOCUMENTS

May 2010
5/14/2010 - Defense Department releases documents pertaining to the detention policies and conditions at Bagram.
DOCUMENTS

April 2010
4/12/2010 - Defense Department releases a less-redacted version of the list of Bagram detainees.
LIST

January 2010
1/15/2010 - Defense Department releases for the first time a list of the 645 prisoners held at Bagram in September 2009. Although the list includes prisoners’ names, other vital information is redacted.
MORE | LIST

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