It’s hard to know where to begin with this profoundly important story by Scott Horton, for next month’s Harper’s Magazine, but let’s try this: The three “suicides” at Guantánamo in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men in question were killed during interrogations in a secretive block in Guantánamo, conducted by an unknown agency, and the murders were then disguised to look like suicides. Everyone at Guantánamo knew about it. Everyone covered it up. Everyone is still covering it up.
Establishing a Case for Murder – and the Disclosure of a Secret Prison at Guantánamo
The key to the discovery of the murder of the three men – 37-year-old Salah Ahmed al-Salami, a Yemeni; 30-year-old Mani Shaman al-Utaybi, a Saudi; and 22-year-old Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, a Saudi who was just 17 when he was captured – is Army Staff Sgt. Joe Hickman, a former Marine who re-enlisted in the Army National Guard after the 9/11 attacks, and was deployed to Guantánamo in March 2006 with his friend, Spc. Tony Davila. On arrival, Davila was briefed about the existence of “an unnamed and officially unacknowledged compound,” outside the perimeter fence of the main prison, and explained that one theory about it was that “it was being used by some of the non-uniformed government personnel who frequently showed up in the camps and were widely thought to be CIA agents.”
[Read more at Truthout]