Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 10, 2005
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Heres the latest piece of Upside Down land spin:
And, as Clive Stafford Smith, one of the Human Rights defence lawyers, looking after the interests of the Guanamo detainees, mentioned (on BBC Radio4, the other day), Guantanamo is only a sort of figurehead. There are probably other, secret prisons out there, holding unknown numbers of detainees, under conditions which are completely hidden from outside observers.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5069230.stm
Guantanamo suicides a 'PR move'
11 June 2006
A top US official has described the suicides of three detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a "good PR move to draw attention".
Colleen Graffy told the BBC the deaths were part of a strategy and "a tactic to further the jihadi cause", but taking their own lives was unnecessary.
But lawyers say the men who hanged themselves had been driven by despair.
A military investigation into the deaths is under way, amid growing calls for the centre to be moved or closed.
Speaking to the BBC's Newshour programme, Ms Graffy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, said the three men did not value their lives nor the lives of those around them.
Detainees had access to lawyers, received mail and had the ability to write to families, so had other means of making protests, she said, and it was hard to see why the men had not protested about their situation.
The men, two Saudis and a Yemeni, were found unresponsive and not breathing by guards on Saturday morning, said officials.
They were in separate cells in Camp One, the highest security section of the prison.