Internment Serial Number

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An Internment Serial Number (ISN) is an identification number assigned to captives who come under control of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) during armed conflicts.[1]

On March 3, 2006, in compliance with a court order from District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, the DoD released 57 files that contained transcripts from the Guantanamo Bay inmates' Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) and Administrative Review Board hearings.[2] These transcripts were only identified by the prisoners' ISNs.

On April 20, 2006, the DoD released the first of two official lists of captives, which contained the captives' ISNs, names, and nationalities.[3] That list provided information about the 558 Guantanamo captives whom the DoD acknowledges were held in Guantanamo in August 2004 and whose status as "enemy combatants" was confirmed or disputed by a CSRT.

On May 15, 2006, the DoD released a longer list of 759 individuals, which they asserted listed all those who had been held military custody at Guantanamo.[4]

The two lists contain incompatible names for numerous individuals. Several dozen men who are known to have been held in Guantanamo are not present on either official list.

A ghost detainee originally known only as Triple X was not assigned an ISN because his secret imprisonment was requested by the Central Intelligence Agency.[5]

On January 16, 2010, the DoD published a list of 645 captives who were held in the Bagram Theater internment facility, in Afghanistan.[6][7][8] Historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison, published an annotated version of the list, in which he noted that the numbers were not always assigned sequentially. Three former Guantanamo captives were re-apphrehended after their release, and are held in Bagram under their original ISN.

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  1. ^ Gordon England (2006-09-05). "Directive NUMBER 2310.01E: The Department of Defense Detainee Program". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. 
  2. ^ "US releases Guantanamo files". The Age. April 4, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  3. ^ OARDEC (2006-04-20). "List of detainees who went through complete CSRT process". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  4. ^ OARDEC. "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  5. ^ Jamie McIntyre (June 16, 2004). "Pentagon: Iraqi held secretly at CIA request". CNN. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Bagram detainees". Department of Defense. 2009-09-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. 
  7. ^ Andy Worthington (2010-01-19). "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List". truthout. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. 
  8. ^ Andy Worthington (2010-01-26). "Bagram: The First Ever Prisoner List (The Annotated Version)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. 

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