Assault From "The Tropics"
Here's one of the more bizarre statements I've seen in some time (tip to TCR reader Tim M):
The suicides of three detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amount to acts of war, the US military says.Too much time in the sun for the hysterical Rear Admiral Harris? After all, he is in "the tropics"....
The camp commander said the two Saudis and a Yemeni were "committed" and had killed themselves in "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us".
Lawyers said the men who hanged themselves had been driven by despair.
A military investigation into the deaths is now under way, amid growing calls for the detention centre to be moved or closed.
Walter White, an international lawyer who specialises in human rights, told the BBC the Guantanamo camp was likely to be considered a "great stain" on the human rights record of the US.
There have been dozens of suicide attempts since the camp was set up four years ago -but none successful until now.
The men 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.
They hanged themselves with clothing and bed sheets, camp commander Rear Adm Harry Harris said.
He said medical teams had tried to revive the men, but all three were pronounced dead.
Rear Adm Harris said he did not believe the men had killed themselves out of despair.
"They are smart. They are creative, they are committed," he said.
"They 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."