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Murder at Camp Delta

A Staff Sergeant's Pursuit of the Truth about Guantanamo Bay

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Murder at Camp Deltais a shocking inside look into government overreach, secrecy, and one man's search for the truth.

Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the US armed forces. For twenty years, he worked as a prison guard and in the military, earning over twenty commendations and awards. Following 9/11 he was enlisted as a squad leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. But from the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something seemed amiss. So when, on June 9th, 2006, three prisoners turned up dead, supposed suicides, Hickman knew that something was seriously wrong. This is his full eye-witness account of what happened that night. Drawing on his background in the US military, Hickman reveals the inner workings of Camp Delta: the procedures that murdered three prisoners and the people that orchestrated the cover-up that followed.

Murder at Camp Deltais a shocking inside look into government overreach, secrecy, and one man's search for the truth.

Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the US armed forces. For twenty years, he worked as a prison guard and in the military, earning over twenty commendations and awards. Following 9/11 he was enlisted as a squad leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. But from the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something seemed amiss. So when, on June 9th, 2006, three prisoners turned up dead, supposed suicides, Hickman knew that something was seriously wrong. This is his full eye-witness account of what happened that night. Drawing on his background in the US military, Hickman reveals the inner workings of Camp Delta: the procedures that murdered three prisoners and the people that orchestrated the cover-up that followed.

With the help of his fellow guards and a group of dogged young researchers, Hickman deconstructs the government's account of what happened on 9th June 9th and proves that the military not only tortured prisoners but lied about their deaths. So begins an epic search for the truth that would force Hickman to leave the military, a search that would lead him to the realisation that the US government was primarily using Guantánamo as a training ground for interrogators to test and practice advanced torture techniques.

In 2009, President Obama declared that Guantánamo 'shall be closed as soon as practicable'. Yet Guantánamo Naval Base is still in operation. By revealing the base's true purpose, Sergeant Hickman shows us why Guantánamo has been so difficult to close.

Photograph courtesy of the author

Joseph Hickman spent most of his life in the military, first as a marine, then as a soldier in both the army and the National Guard. He has deployed on several military operations throughout the world, sometimes attached to foreign militaries. The recipient of more than twenty commendations and awards, Hickman was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal while he was stationed with the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion in Guantánamo Bay. He is currently working as an independent researcher and Senior Research Fellow at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Policy and Research.