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Ex-Army Sergeant Claims CIA Killed Gitmo Detainees, Called It Triple Suicide (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Ex-Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was a guard at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Hickman has written a new book "Murder at Camp Delta," in which he claims the CIA took three detainees out of the camp and killed them on June 9, 2006.

He became suspicious when the triple suicide announced by the U.S. government contradicted other facts.

“[The detainees] would have all three had to tie their hands and feet together by themselves, shove rags down their throats, put a mask over their face, made a noose, hung it from the ceiling on the side of the cell block, jumped into the noose and hung themselves simultaneously,” Hickman recently told Vice News (video below).

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Hickman told Democracy Now in a separate interview this week (video below) that he witnessed a paddy wagon make three trips to Camp Delta, pick up a detainee on each trip and then head down a road that could only go to the beach or to what the soldiers called "Camp No," a CIA blacksite, which officially didn't exist.

Hickman claims that the paddy wagon returned, went to a medical facility and sirens suddenly went off. The three detainees were dead.

The detainees were Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani. None of the detainees had been charged with a crime by the Bush administration.

Gitmo commander Admiral Harry Harris told the BBC in 2006, "[The detainees] have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.”

Hickman claims the men were killed because they were regular hunger strikers, which interfered with CIA interrogations and encouraged other detainees to also go on similar strikes.

Hickman and three other soldiers told Harper’s Magazine in 2010 that the detainees were taken to Camp No before they died, and that U.S. soldiers were ordered not to say anything by their commanders who quickly covered up the deaths. That report won awards, but was denied by the U.S. government.

Sources: Democracy Now, BBC, Vice News, Harper’s Magazine
Image Credit: Vice News Screenshot