Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants

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The Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants is responsible for running Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) for captives held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba and running annual Administrative Review Boards which make recommentations as to whether the USA needs to continue to hold captives deemed enemy combatants. annually reviewing whether those suspected terrorists detained by US forces.still posed a threat.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Most of the Guantanamo captives have had two Administrative Review Board hearings convened to review their continued detention.

On June 22, 2007, an appeal on behalf of Guantanamo captive Fawzi al-Odah contained an affidavit from Stephen Abraham, a lawyer and United States Army reserve officer, which was highly critical of OARDEC's procedures.[8][9] According to the Washington Post Abraham felt compelled to come forward after hearing his former boss, Rear Admiral James M. McGarrah call the Tribunal process "fair".


  1. "U.S. military reviews 'enemy combatant' use". USA Today. 2007-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. "Critics called it an overdue acknowledgment that the so-called Combatant Status Review Tribunals are unfairly geared toward labeling detainees the enemy, even when they pose little danger. Simply redoing the tribunals won't fix the problem, they said, because the system still allows coerced evidence and denies detainees legal representation." 
  2. Sridhar Krishnaswami (May 19, 2004). "Pentagon issues new norms for detenus". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-01-25.  mirror
  3. Jess Bravin (June 21, 2004). "U.S. to Unveil Review System For Guantanamo Detainees". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-25.  mirror
  4. Stuart Taylor Jr. (March 3, 2004). "'Enemy Combatants': Inching Toward Due Process". Atlantic magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  5. Christopher P. Cavas (June 28, 2004). "Roles Expand for U.S. Navy Secretary". Defense News. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  6. Christopher P. Cavas (2004-07-12). "SecNav a man of many hats". Navy Times. Retrieved 2012-08-11. "England said he expects the first reviews to come to him within a few weeks. All detainees will receive a review by July 23, 2005, when the process will begin again. To meet that deadline, England will need to rule on about a dozen cases a week."  mirror
  7. "US to review Guantanamo prisoners". BBC. June 24, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-25. "The reviews, which will be conducted in secret by a panel consisting of three military officers, will give prisoners the chance to provide facts to support their case for release."  mirror
  8. Carol D. Leonnig, Josh White (June 23, 2007). "An Ex-Member Calls Detainee Panels Unfair: Lawyer Tells of Flawed 'Combatant' Rulings". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  9. "Gitmo Panelist Slams Hearing Process: Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham Is First Member Of Military Panel To Challenge Guantanamo Bay Hearings". CBS. June 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 

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