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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S MEETING WITH

CABINET-LEVEL MEMBERS OF THE GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEE REVIEW TASK FORCE

This afternoon, Attorney General Holder convened the first Cabinet-level meeting of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Review Task Force. The meeting at the Justice Department was attended by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security David Martin, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, CIA Director Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, White House Counsel Gregory Craig, and Matthew Olsen, Executive Director of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Review Task Force.

As coordinator of the Task Force, the Attorney General discussed with his counterparts the process that will be used for carrying out the President’s order mandating a review of all Guantanamo Bay detainees and closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year. They also discussed standards for detainee reviews, factors that will be considered in prioritizing detainee reviews, and progress that has been achieved thus far.

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