Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

RS22173 -- Detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Updated July 20, 2005


After the U.S. Supreme Court held that U.S. courts have jurisdiction to hear legal challenges on behalf of more than 500 persons detained at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in connection with the war against terrorism, the Pentagon established administrative hearings, called "Combatant Status Review Tribunals" (CSRTs), to allow the detainees to contest their status as enemy combatants. This report provides an overview of the CSRT procedures and summarizes court cases related to the detentions and the use of military commissions. The relevant Supreme Court rulings are discussed in CRS Report RS21884, The Supreme Court and Detainees in the War on Terrorism: Summary and Analysis. This report will be updated as events warrant.