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    In 2006, three Gitmo detainees were found dead after hanging themselves in their cells. Sergeant Joseph Hickman, a former guard on duty the night the men died, tells Radio Sputnik that the US government’s version of events is not the true story.

    On the night of June 9, 2006, Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani were found dead inside their detention block at Guantanamo Bay. No charges were brought regarding  the deaths, and all three had been engaged in hunger strikes to protest their unjust treatment.

    The US government claims the men committed suicide, but former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman suspects foul play.

    "I was on duty that night," Hickman tells Radio Sputnik. "I saw a paddy wagon – we called it a van – which would transport prisoners. I would see that van take three detainees from Camp One and take them to a CIA black site that was on Guantanamo."

    Hickman was in charge of 15 tower guards on the night of the incident, none of whom witnessed the purported suicides.

    "None of them saw any detainee hang himself in camp 1," Hickman said. "They would have seen all of that."

    According to Hickman, the detainees were killed because they "posed a threat to the intelligence gathering operation."

    "In 2006, we were doing roughly 200 interrogations a week in Guantanamo of detainees," he says. "The only thing that could stop these interrogations was a detainee hunger strike.

    "It is impossible for these men to have killed themselves in their cells the way the government says they did," he stated. "Completely impossible."

    Hickman went to the Justice Department with his concerns, but officials failed to conduct an adequate investigation.

    "I found a memo from Gitmo that said they only investigated for six days when they claimed two years," Hickman said.

    "The NCIS, the Justice Department…never talked to the tower guards. They would have been the ones you would have first talked to. They never talked to them at all."

    Hickman has written a book, "Murder at Camp Delta," detailing his experience at Guantanamo Bay. Since its publication, he has heard from a number of other former Gitmo employees who have given similar accounts.

    "…So many guards have come forward, thanking me for doing it [writing the book], saying they’ve always wanted to speak out about the horrors at Guantanamo."

    President Barack Obama ran for office on a promise to "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great," including closing the notorious detention and torture facility. He has failed to make good on his promise.

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    • karlof1
      Gee, only 3?!
    • rogertidy
      Just the tip of the iceberg!
    • Mother Gorilla
      American media say they can't close it, because they don't know how and where to move the detainees. Yet they do not seem short on ideas for torture!
    • Mitach2002
      Nothing new for the terrorist American government.
    • marcanhalt
      It seems like old news, and perhaps it is. It is, however, enlightening to be able to bring history into accord with the facts, Facts make history, and all else is just chaff that the wind will, sooner or later, blow away. It is one thing to read a book like this with its 'purported' information, and the truth always has its detractor, however, one day God will open HIS books and he will not have to call to the stand even one witness, as His knowledge will be all telling. It is in that day that all of us want history to "come in, in contact with the facts, because they will be indisputable because of who will administer the justice. Nothing escapes His eye.
    • marcanhaltin reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, It's the creative concept of "a bird in hand..."
    • Pelagius
      Although tragic for all the detainees suffering this miserable conditions, one must honour the honesty of these brave men who have not chosen to hide crimes against humanity as such behind a flag or conception of patriotism.
      Brave men.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Now we know why the US marines detained by Iran last week were in tears. They were expecting the treatment doled out to prisoners in Guantanamo.
      Instead they were searched and put in a room together with a carpet, pillows and lots of food and water.

      There has been anecdotal evidence that an Israeli Sub was about to sink the boats in a USS Liberty and Gulf of Tonkin Style Incident in order to start a war with Iran. The same old zionist playbook. Luckily for the US crews a Russian jamming aircraft happened to be in the area.
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