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Terrorism Prosecutor in Eastern District of Virginia Recognized by Attorney General Holder at Justice Departments Awards Ceremony

October 27, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Stephen M. Campbell, an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Terrorism and National Security Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his outstanding contributions to the Department’s Guantanamo Review Task Force. This is the Department’s second-highest award for employee performance, with only 15 awards presented this year.

Campbell was among 303 Department of Justice employees recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder for their distinguished public service today at the 58th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony. Fifty-five other individuals outside of the department are also honored for their work. Held at DAR Constitution Hall, this annual ceremony recognizes both department employees and others for their dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s Attorney General Award winners and to recognize their extraordinary contributions,” Attorney General Holder said. “Not only is their service to our nation inspiring, it is strengthening the work of the Justice Department at every level and making a powerful difference for people across our country, and far beyond. This year’s awardees exemplify the Department’s finest traditions, and I am privileged, and grateful, to count them as colleagues.”

            “The Eastern District of Virginia’s long-standing tradition of defending our national security is built on the experience and professionalism of prosecutors like Steve Campbell who serve in our Terrorism and National Security Unit,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Few in the country have the knowledge and expertise that Steve brings to these cases, which proved invaluable as he helped make recommendations on the Task Force.”  

Formed after the President issued an Executive Order on Jan. 22, 2009, the Guantanamo Review Task Force was responsible for assembling and examining relevant information on the detainees housed at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and making recommendations on their proper dispositions. The Task Force consisted of more than 60 career professionals, including intelligence analysts, law enforcement agents, and attorneys, drawn from the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies within the intelligence community. The Task Force’s recommendations were then reviewed and ultimately decided by a Review Panel consisting of officials with delegated authority from their respective agencies to decide the disposition of each detainee.

One year after the Executive Order was issued, the review was completed. After evaluating all of the detainees, the review participants decided on the proper disposition – transfer, prosecution, or continued detention – of all 240 detainees subject to review. The final report can be found at:

            Campbell was selected to join the Task Force because of his eight years of experience as a terrorism prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia, including the prosecution of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, for which he received the John Marshall Award from the Attorney General in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, Campbell was on detail from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the Deputy Attorney General’s Office, where he oversaw national security matters at the Department of Justice. Campbell received his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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