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Another Guantanamo Detainee Attempts Suicide
Posted - February 14, 2003 7:23pm
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San Juan (AP) - Another terror suspect held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba tried to hang himself, the 16th attempted suicide there since detentions began last year, the Pentagon said Friday.

It was also the sixth attempt in the past four weeks at the naval base in eastern Cuba, where a new psychiatric wing is set to open next month.

The detainee tried to hang himself in "the last couple days," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind said. She said the detainee was fine and back in his cell, being monitored to prevent further attempts.

Amnesty International has demanded an investigation into the wave of suicide attempts, suggesting harsh interrogations may be to blame. U.S. officials insist the questioning is humane.

"I think the United States and the detaining authorities need to come clean about how the prisoners are being interrogated and how they're being treated before a prisoner dies," Amnesty spokesman Alistair Hodgett said in Washington.

The United States is holding about 650 detainees from 41 countries who it suspects are linked to the fallen Taliban regime in Afghanistan or the al-Qaida terror network. The first inmates arrived in January 2002.

One man who tried to hang himself on Jan. 16 is still hospitalized in serious condition. The Pentagon has refused to detail the man's injuries or release his nationality.

Two human rights groups have petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to intervene on behalf of detainees to ensure no detainees have been tortured or transferred to other countries for questioning.

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 Viewer Comments from the ABC 7 Forums  [17 total msgs]
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Posted: 02/14 11:14p
um..... I'm not sure just what to think about this?  I mean, my first reaction is to think... tough.  But then I start to think about what it would be like there and jeepers, death might be better? 

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Posted: 02/15 1:40a
This has got to stop.  As much as I hate terrorists, either file charges on these dudes or let them go.

reply to message from ABC 7 Webteam posted on Fri 02/14/03 at 11:14 pm

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Posted: 02/15 12:49p
AMEN!  Some of these guys have been there over a year with no charges filed.  As hard as it is to do, imagine if they were our citizens and were being held in a foreign country and treated they way they are.

reply to message from mishikawa posted on Sat 02/15/03 at 1:40 am

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Posted: 02/15 1:02p
We're not helping these poor terrorists enough.  We should issue each of them in their care package a box cutter knife and some rope.  If they want to leave, then we should let them...let them swim home!


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