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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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July, 2006

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Killing Themselves Was Unnecessary.
By Suzanne Goldenberg and Hugh Muir

The Bush administration stared down a new wave of international condemnation of Guantłnamo yesterday, dismissing the suicides by three inmates of the prison camp as a "good PR move" on their part and an "act of asymmetrical warfare".
The deaths of two Saudis and a Yemeni, who used knotted bedsheets to hang themselves in their solitary cells, brought renewed calls from European governments and human rights organizations to bring the 460 inmates to trial, or close down the camp. But Bush administration officials rejected suggestions that the three had killed themselves in despair over their indefinite confinement.

"It does sound like this is part of a strategy - in that they don't value their own lives, and they certainly don't value ours; and they use suicide bombings as a tactic," Colleen Graffy, the deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy, told BBC's NewsHour yesterday. "Taking their own lives was not necessary, but it certainly is a good PR move."

On Saturday, the camp's commander, Navy Rear Admiral Harry Harris, said the suicides were an al-Qaida tactic. "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," he said.

I would like to suggest, as a humble American citizen, that George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Alberto Gonzalez, and the rest of this illegitimate, criminal regime, do us all a favor and engage in their own "good PR move" by hanging themselves.\ The Guardian UK

Monday 12 June 2006, The Guardian UK


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