Key developments in Associated Press lawsuit seeking information about Guantanamo detainees:

n January 2002: U.S. military opens prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay naval base.

n Fall 2004: The Associated Press files Freedom of Information Act request for transcripts and other documents related to military hearings for detainees.

n April 19, 2005: AP sues Defense Department seeking to force release of transcripts and other documents related to Guantanamo hearings.

n May 20, 2005: Nearly 2,000 pages of documents released with detainees’ names and nationalities blacked out.

n Aug. 29, 2005: U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York orders government to ask each detainee whether he or she wants personal identifying information turned over to AP as part of lawsuit.

n Feb. 23, 2006: Rakoff orders Pentagon to release identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo to AP.

n March 3, 2006: Pentagon releases more than 5,000 pages of unedited transcripts to AP from at least 317 hearings at Guantanamo.

By The Associated Press


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