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Timeline of Guantanamo Detainee Documents Lawsuit

A timeline of major developments in The Associated Press lawsuit seeking information about Guantanamo detainees:

— March 3, 2006: The Pentagon releases more than 5,000 pages of unedited transcripts to The Associated Press of at least 317 hearings at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

— Feb. 23, 2006: U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff of New York orders the Pentagon to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo to the AP, stemming from its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

— May 20, 2005: Nearly 2,000 pages of documents are released — also because of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the AP — with the detainees' names and nationalities blacked out. The documents include excerpts from testimonies of prisoners.

— Aug. 29, 2005: Rakoff orders the government to ask each detainee whether he or she wants personal identifying information to be turned over to the AP as part of the lawsuit. Of 317 detainees who received the form, 63 said yes, 17 said no, 35 returned the form without answering and 202 declined to return the form.

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

— Fall 2004: AP files a Freedom of Information Act request for transcripts and other documents related to military hearings for Guantanamo detainees, maintaining the information was a "matter of urgent concern" as it reports on constitutional and foreign policy issues presented by the government's handling of the detainees.

— January 2002: The United States opens the prison at Guantanamo. Most of the men now there were captured in 2001 during the U.S.-led war that drives the Taliban from power in Afghanistan.