Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Zaid, Walid Said Bin Said (2007-02-06)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
6 February 2007
To: Zaid, Walid Said Bin Said
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Zaid, Walid Said Bin Said

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.


The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee was recruited to go to Afghanistan for training and was introduced to a person who financed and facilitated the detainee's travel to Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee stayed in a Taliban guest house for four days in Quetta, Pakistan.
  3. The detainee spent nine days in a Taliban guest house in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where his passport, money and other identification was collected.
  4. The detainee was taken to the a] Farouq Training Camp and was scheduled to stay there for two months,
  5. The detainee explained the reason he attended training at the al Farouq Training Camp was because he wanted to support the Taliban in their struggle against the Northern Alliance,
b. Training
  1. The detainee arrived'at the al Farouq Training Camp on approximately 1 August 2001.
  2. The detainee trained at the al Farouq Training Camp for six weeks on the Kalashnikov rifle, PK machine gun, rocket propelled grenade, land navigation and combat tactics.
  3. The detainee's training was interrupted when the al Farouq Training Camp shut down in the wake of the l1 September 2001 attacks.
  4. The detainee stated the camp leaders gave the order to evacuate the camp in anticipation of attacks. The trainees left the al Farouq Training Camp and went to an area of dense woods located in the foothills of the Tora Bora Mountains.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. While the detainee was in training at the al Farouq Training Camp, Usama bin laden and a group of guards came to visit.
  2. The detainee's name was on a document listing 324 Arabic names, aliases and nationalities recovered from a safe house raid of suspected al Qaida in Karachi, Pakistan.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee repeatedly stressed the only reason he supported the Taliban was because he thought they were good Muslims.
  2. The detainee sustained multiple injuries as a result of the United States bombing campaign in the mountains surrounding Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The detainee was taken to a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he was eventually detained by United States forces.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:


The detainee claims training was only a prerequisite to obtaining employment in the country of Afghanistan.


The detainee stated prior to his arrival at the al Farouq Training Camp, he did not know the camp was affiliated with al Qaida or the Taliban regime.


The detainee stated that he has been treated well since he was captured and harbors no ill will towards the United States or the Northern Alliance. The detainee only wishes to return, home and put this part of his life behind him.


The detainee also stated he believes the American involvement in Afghanistan is a good thing as long as the Americans are assisting the Afghan people.


The detainee denies having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001 and also denies knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.


You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.