Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Detainees Always Hang Themselves: In 3's...

Not just one detainee hanged himself; not even two, but three ... and all at the same time ...

Major Update (January 20, 2010): This report, a short 6-minute video, is from the Countdown show on It presents Seton Hall University law professor, Mark Denbeaux, who is challenging the DOJ report about the three unexplained deaths.

Note: Professor Denbeaux's son son is representing one of the Army MPs, Sergeant Joe Hickman, who is the four witnesses who say the DOJ report is wrong (Hickman is the main whistle blower in this case).

Major Update (January 18, 2010): I am moving this story back to the top of the heap. It had some attention, then it died away out of sight. But, it "may be coming back," I said earlier.

Well, it it back ... and with a vengeance. More details have come to light, and come from the Countdown Show (at as shown in this short 8-minute video.

The main speaker in this story is Scott Horton from Harper's Magazine. He broke this story and has followed it with new and update materials that he explains in the video clip. The Harper's piece is here. Note that an Army soldier (an MP) who was stationed at the site is the main whistle blower for Mr. Horton. Others are involved and the investigation continues. Congressional hearings have been held in secret - more is coming -- stay tuned.

Original Post Starts Here: Let's look at the details as they have been redeveloped and examined this way from and Glenn Greenwald, who stays on top of issues like this one, we get this assessment from him that he writes in part:

"On the night of June 10, 2006, three Guantanamo detainees were found dead in their individual cells. Without any autopsy or investigation, U.S. military officials proclaimed "suicide by hanging" as the cause of each death, and immediately sought to exploit the episode as proof of the evil of the detainees. Admiral Harry Harris, the camp's commander, said it showed "they have no regard for life" and that the suicides were "not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetric warfare aimed at us here at Guantanamo." Another official anonymously said that the suicides showed the victims were "committed Jihadists [who] will do anything they can to advance their cause." Another sneered that "it was a good PR move to draw attention."

"Questions immediately arose about how it could be possible that three detainees kept in isolation and under constant and intense monitoring could have coordinated and then carried out group suicide without detection, particularly since the military claimed their bodies were not found for over two hours after their deaths."

This story may not go away, nor should it go away until the whole story is clear. We need to know the truth, even in the case of these three detainees and the odd (to say the least) way of their deaths, don't we?

Yes, we do.

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