Demand An Investigation & Accountability for the 3 Men Who Died at Guantanamo in 2006

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Demand the Department of Justice conduct an independent and full investigation into the deaths of men who have died in detention at Guantánamo, including the three men who died in June 2006. Talal Al-Zahrani, Salah Al-Salami, and Mani Al-Utaybi were three detained men who were never charged with any crime when they died at Guantánamo in June 2006. Initially reported as suicides, new evidence from four soldiers stationed at the base has raised serious questions about the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Until now, the Obama administration has not only failed to conduct an independent and thorough investigation of the deaths but has opposed inquiry and review by the courts.

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1. CONTACT Attorney General Eric Holder at:

ADDRESS: Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20530. EMAIL: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov . NUMBER: Public Comment Line (202) 353-1555

*Tell him the Department of Justice should conduct an independent and full investigation into the deaths of men who have died in detention at Guantánamo, including the three men who died in June 2006. Talal Al-Zahrani, Salah Al-Salami, and Mani Al-Utaybi were three detained men who were never charged with any crime when they died at Guantánamo in June 2006. Initially reported as suicides, new evidence from four soldiers stationed at the base has raised serious questions about the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Until now, the Obama administration has followed the Bush administration in failing to conduct an independent and thorough investigation of the deaths.

*The Attorney General should also reverse the Department of Justice's efforts to block Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld from proceeding. This civil lawsuit is filed on behalf of two of the three families whose loved ones died in Guantanamo in June 2006, and seeks answers and accountability for what happened to the men. DoJ must reverse its policy of opposing civil actions brought against U.S. officials by families of those who died at Guantánamo.