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Case 1:05-cv-01458-UNA-AK Document 21-2 Filed 07/07/2006 Page 1 of 3 



EXHIBIT A 



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DECLARATION 
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 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 
three deta 



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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 
future. 

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