Were the Guantanamo ‘Suicides’ Really Murders?

A shocking story reported by Harpers investigates the supposed suicides of three men in custody at the detention camp in 2006.  The three men were allegedly found hanging in their cells, their arms and legs bound, rags stuffed in their mouths, and hoods on their heads. Their bodies “showed signs of torture, including hemorrhages, needle marks, and significant bruising.” Almost immediately after, the prisoners were denounced as “fanatics like the Nazis, Hitlerites, or the Ku Klux Klan, the people they tried at Nuremberg“, even though none were charged with crimes or had any viable links to Al-Qaeda.

According to eyewitness accounts, hours earlier they could have been taken to ‘Camp No’, an undocumented compound on the outside of the camp’s perimeter, where they were tortured to death. During their autopsies, the neck organs were removed, possibly the only way to determine whether the deaths occurred as a result of asphyxiation or manual strangulation.

The coming forward of Guantanamo guards has resulted in a political cover up and a silencing campaign that possibly extends all the way up the chain of command to the White House, the CIA, and the Pentagon. After a hushed and delayed internal investigation, the Justice Department closed the case and refused to further consider the guards’ accounts. Fearing that an investigation would further implicate Bush’s Justice Department officials with war crimes, it has instead pathetically stuck to Obama’s mantra about “looking forward, not backward.”

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