Chapter 6: Maximum Security: Camps I, II, and III
- What are the issues of "compliance" and "noncompliance" and "cooperation" and "non-cooperation"? These designations are imposed to determine danger a detainee poses, his level of interaction with interrogators, and what comfort items may be assigned to him.
- How these evaluation process grew. What good came from it, and what problems arose, especially with those detainees rated "compliant" and kept in common areas.
- Many allegations have been made of "solitary" confinement at Guantanamo. Learn the truth of the living conditions for detainees at the camp.
- How discipline is enforced among both the guard force - by then-commander Jay Hood's policies, and among the detainees - by the procedures used by then Detention Group Commander Colonel Bumgarner. And how their successors built upon these processes.
- Details of the suicide of three detainees. How trusting policies may have contributed to the success of the suicides and how the act was viewed by incoming commander Admiral Harry Harris.
- Changes instituted in the camps following the suicides.
Reprinted end notes from chapter six of the book, with links to source
and other supporting materials
1. Gordon Cucullu, “Gitmo Jive,” The American Enterprise Magazine, September
4. Author interview with officer who requested anonymity, February 2007.
5. O’Reilly interview, The O’Reilly Factor, Segment Summaries, June 7,
2005. See chapter 7, “Compliance Rewarded: Inside the Camp IV Wire,”
for a detailed explanation of this categorization and how it was applied.
6. Extensive interviews with Colonel Michael Bumgarner, June 2005– April
7. Tim Golden, “The Battle for Guantánamo,” New York Times Magazine,
September 17, 2006; also author interviews with Col o nel Michael Bumgarner
and anonymous staff /guard force members, 2005– 2006.
8. Mike Mount, “Hunger Strike at Guantánamo Grows,” CNN, September
9. Golden, “The Battle for Guantánamo.”
10. Michael Gordon, “Guards Tighten Security to Prevent More Deaths:
Human rights groups, lawyers call for investigation of 3 men’s suicides in
military prison,” Michael Gordon, Charlotte Observer, June 13, 2006.
11. Golden, The Battle for Guantánamo.
12. “Guantánamo Inmates Commit Suicide,” Al Jazeera, June 15, 2006.
13. Josh White, “Three Detainees Commit Suicide at Guantánamo,” Washington
Post, June 11, 2006.
14. Adan Zagorin and Richard Corliss, “Death in Guantánamo,” Time,
June 11, 2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: the correct title of this article is "Death Comes To Guantanamo"]
15. Sarah Baxter, “Three Die in Guantanamo Suicide Pact,” Sarah Baxter,
London Times, The Sunday Times, June 11, 2006.
16. “Guantánamo Suicides ‘an Act of Warfare,’ Says Camp Commander,”
The Telegraph, June 12, 2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article is no longer available on the internet and cannot be provided through this website due to copyright laws.]
17. White, “Three Detainees Commit Suicide at Guantánamo.”
18. Golden, The Battle of Guantánamo.
19. David Rose, “How US Hid the Suicide Secrets of Guantánamo,” The
Observer, June 18, 2006.
20. Brian Brady, “Three Dead in Guantánamo Suicide Pact,” The Scotsman,
June 11, 2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article was previously located at http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/guant%C3%A1namobay/Three-dead-in-Guantanamo-suicide.2782994.jp but has since been removed. A copy cannot be provided through this website due to copyright laws.]
21. “Saudis Allege Torture in Guantánamo Deaths,” Seattle Post- Intelligencer,
June 11, 2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article was published by the Associated Press and posted to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, as well as many other websites. The link above provides the URL for the same article posted on the Washington Post website.]
22. Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, My Guantánamo Diary: The Detainees and the
Stories They Told Me. New York: Public Affairs, 2008.
23. “NCIS Statement on Guantánamo Suicides,” Miami Herald, August 22,
24. “Guantánamo Bay Suicide Prisoners ‘Showed No Sign of Being Depressed,’
” The Independent, June 28, 2006.
25. Michael Gordon, “Career Crisis Hovers over Guantánamo Commander:
COL Mike Bumgarner: The Hardest Job He Ever Loved,” Charlotte Observer,
June 18, 2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article was originally posted to http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/14846084.htm yet has since been removed. A particial copy is still available at http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-30511410_ITM yet registration with the accessmylibrary.com service is necessary for viewing the full text version.]
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