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Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

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Posted on May 19, 2011
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A guard patrols a prison yard at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002.

It is difficult to trust the official report without an independent investigation into the man’s death. In 2006, U.S. authorities claimed that three Guantanamo detainees committed suicide simultaneously by hanging themselves with bedsheets and T-shirts after gagging their own throats with cloth. But as Scott Horton at Harper’s Magazine showed, the official story is full of holes. Evidence obtained in interviews with a military guard suggests that the prisoners died while being tortured and that the U.S. government covered up the homicides. —ARK

Guardian:

The prisoner was found dead in a recreation yard by guards conducting routine checks at the facility. He was identified as Inayatullah, a 37-year-old accused of being a member of al-Qaida

... The US military’s southern command said on Wednesday that guards found the detainee unresponsive and not breathing. “After extensive lifesaving measures had been exhausted, the detainee was pronounced dead by a physician.”

Inayatullah is the eighth prisoner to die at Guantanamo Bay since the US began sending foreign captives with suspected al-Qaida or Taliban links there in January 2002. Five others have are believed to have killed themselves and two died of natural causes.

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By poonckie, May 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

This is the face of America the rest of the World sees. No matter how many “real patriots” attack as traitors, anyone who dare criticize our benevolent democracy spreading mission, they see the dead babies and ruined cityscapes. In my opinion, the uprising in the Middle East is a direct response to the Western genocide of Muslims. They have nothing left to lose by standing up to the despots installed or supported by the West.

It seems that the death, torture and destruction of an entire country is their fault for hating our liberties. Crazy bs passes for information and it’s stunning how quickly the populous accepts our aggression as merciful or defensive or sanctioned by god.

I used to wonder how an entire population accepts the marginallization and officially sanctioned hostility towards their own citizens and people in foreign lands who’ve done nothing to them. In this climate watching our country implode over the building of a Muslim community center in NY and the nation wide uproar over any Mosques planned or expanded, I mean the only thing missing was the pitchforks and torches, I realized how.

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By TDoff, May 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

Boy, you have to give those Guantanamo inmates a lot of credit for resourcefulness. Imagine a prisoner, alone in a yard, having the ability and agility to climb a tall outdoor light post, unscrew the bulb, hang upside-down and plug his genitalia into the socket in order to commit suicide!

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By PatrickHenry, May 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

Obama campaigned on the issue of closing Guantanamo (rightly) and did an abrupt 180 degree change after he was elected.

Occupying Cuba’s Guantanamo was wrong then and it is wrong now.

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By Monk-in-the-ruins, May 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps the Obama-who-gets-no-credit-for-courage might take the political risk involved in actually dismantling this torture facility . . . but Obama is more likely to complain about the news becoming public and damaging his Global Crusade for Democracy . . .

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By rain, May 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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I just happened to watch the 1999 film Jakob the Liar in which a waterboarding is depicted.  It was an excrutiating manner of torture practiced by the Nazis.  This latest victim at Guantanamo may have undergone ten years of hopelessness and torture.  He would have been 27 when he was detained.  Such a “lifestyle” would stress anyone and undoubtedly shortens the lifespan of even the healthiest of “detainees”.  This is the intent of imprisonment of suspects without due process for an undetermined length of time. Shameful !

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