News Release

Guantanamo and Suicides


In the aftermath of apparent suicides by three men detained at Guantanamo Bay, Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo, stated: “They are smart, they are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.”

The following individuals are with groups that have been critical of U.S. government policy at Guantanamo:

Olshansky is director counsel of the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has several cases pending on behalf of the detainees. Among them is Jumah Al Dossari, who has repeatedly attempted suicide. Documents released today by the Center outline attempts by it and other groups to compel the Pentagon to provide adequate medical and psychological care for the detainees at Guantanamo.
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Rubenstein is executive director of Physicians for Human Rights, which has released a lengthy report titled “Break Them Down: Systematic Use of Psychological Torture by U.S. Forces.” He can comment on the tactics used by the U.S. military at Guantanamo and the role of medical professionals in interrogation and torture.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167