Sunday, June 11, 2006

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U.S.: 3 Gitmo inmates hanged themselves

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Three Guantanamo Bay detainees hanged themselves with nooses made of sheets and clothes, the commander of the detention center said Saturday. They were the first reported deaths among the hundreds of men held at the base for years without charge.

The suicides, which military officials said were coordinated, triggered further condemnation of the isolated detention center, which holds some 460 men on suspicion of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Only 10 have been charged with crimes and there has been growing international pressure on the U.S. to close the prison.

Two men from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen were found dead shortly after midnight Saturday in separate cells, said the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, which has jurisdiction over the prison. Attempts were made to revive them, but they failed.

"They hung themselves with fabricated nooses made out of clothes and bed sheets," Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris told reporters in a conference call from the U.S. base in southeastern Cuba.

"They have no regard for human life," he said. "Neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation but an act of asymmetric warfare against us."…

One of the detainees was a mid- or high-level al-Qaida operative, Harris said, while another had been captured in Afghanistan and participated in a riot at a prison there. The third belonged to a splinter group. Their names were not released…

Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a telephone interview from New York that those held at Guantanamo "have this incredible level of despair that they will never get justice. And now they're gone. And they died without ever having seen a court."

Olshansky, whose group represents about 300 Guantanamo detainees, wept during the interview

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Stinky Olshansky. Boo Hoo Hoo
Where do all of these stupid people come from. Evidently the dim-wit party has a pile of rocks and everytime they need an idiot they just roll over another rock and out slithers another blithering idiot.

6/11/2006 5:51 PM  
Anonymous KCSteve said...

If they really, really insist then I guess we should shut down Gitmo, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

Well, perhaps not totally in accordance. Shooting all of those unlawful combatants might be psychologically stressful for our people so we should ask if it would be ok if we just slipped them something toxic.

6/12/2006 10:20 AM  

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