Shedding Light on Detainee Deaths at Guantánamo Bay
Harpers Magazine conducted an independent investigation into the events surrounding three simultaneous detainee deaths in June 2006, in Guantánamo. In the resulting article, “The Guantánamo ‘Suicides’: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle,” Harpers confirmed the findings of the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy Research report, Death in Camp Delta, which found dramatic flaws in the government’s investigation of the deaths and questioned its characterization of the deaths as suicides. Going beyond Seton Hall’s focus on the government’s own documents, Harpers’ investigation includes the corroborating eye witness accounts of four members of the Military Intelligence unit assigned to guard Camp Delta, including the sergeant of the guard on duty the night of the detainee deaths, Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman. Sergeant Hickman has said that reading the Center for Policy & Research GTMO Reports, as well as a desire to have the truth known, prompted him to come forward.
The Guantánamo guards’ revelations in Harper’s Magazine were covered in media sources throughout the world, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
- Read the Harper’s report, The Guantánamo "Suicides": A Camp Delta Sergeant Blows the Whistle, here
- Read the New York Times article, Magazine Raises Questions Over 3 Detainee Deaths, here