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Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1 746, 1, Harry B. Harris, hereby declare:
1 . I am a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, with 28 years of active duty
service. I currently serve as Commander, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba (JTF-GTMO). I have served in that position since March 2006. JTF-GTMO
conducts detention and interrogation operations in support of the Global War on
Terrorism, coordinates and implements detainee screening operations and supports law-
enforcement and war crimes investigations. Our detention mission is conducted in a
humane manner intended to protect the security of both detainees and JTF personnel at
GTMO. In my capacity as Commander, I am responsible for all aspects of JTF-GTMO
operations. The information contained in this declaration is based on my personal
knowledge or information supplied to me in my official capacity.
2 . After the detainee suicides of 1 June 2006, the Naval Criminal Investigative
Service (NCIS) began an investigation of the circumstances of the suicides at the U.S.
Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The NCIS is the primary criminal investigation
service of the Department of the Navy; it investigates all deaths associated in any way
with the Navy. Since JTF-GTMO is a tenant activity on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, the established Standard Operating Procedure calls for NCIS to investigate any
detainee death. NCIS is an independent entity, completely outside the chain of command
of JTF-GTMO. The NCIS sent an investigatory team to JTF-GTMO on 10 June 2006.
The purpose of the investigation was to determine the manner and cause of death of the
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3. As Commander, JTF-GTMO, I was periodically updated on the status of the
investigation to ensure force protection aspects of the case were brought to my attention.
I was advised that NCIS had obtained information which suggested the suicides may
have been part of a larger plan or pact for more suicides that day or in the immediate
4. After being briefed on these developments in the NCIS investigation, I was
convinced of the need for a broad investigation into all of the relevant facts and
circumstances surrounding the three suicides on 9/10 June 2006. On 22 June 2006, 1
specifically requested that NCIS include within their investigation, (1) whether the
suicides on 9/10 June 2006 were related to a plot by detainees to commit suicide, or were
otherwise encouraged, ordered, or assisted by other detainees or third persons; and (2)
whether there exists any evidence of past, ongoing or future plots for detainees to commit
suicide. The basis for my request was to ensure the safe and humane care and treatment
of the enemy combatants detained at Guantanamo, as well as the safety of all personnel
who enter and work in the detention facilities under my responsibility. I declare under
penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that, to the best of my
knowledge, information, and belief, the foregoing is true, accurate, and correct.
HARRY B. HARRISJR.
REAR ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY