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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:17 PM
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Former Soldier Claims He Was Beaten During Training Exercise In Cuba

http://www.wlextv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1891343


In an exclusive interview with LEX 18's Leigh Searcy, a central Kentucky soldier says he was told to pose as the enemy for a training exercise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in January 2003 - and it nearly cost him his life.

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Baker claims that he was ordered to put on one of the orange jumpsuits worn by the detainees. "At first I was reluctant, but he said 'you'll be fine...put this on.' And I did," said Baker.

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"They grabbed my arms, my legs, twisted me up and unfortunately one of the individuals got up on my back from behind and put pressure down on me while I was face down," said Baker. "Then he - the same individual - reached around and began to choke me and press my head down against the steel floor. After several seconds, 20 to 30 seconds, it seemed like an eternity because I couldn't breath. When I couldn't breath, I began to panic and I gave the code word I was supposed to give to stop the exercise, which was 'red.'"

But, Baker says, the beating didn't stop. "That individual slammed my head against the floor and continued to choke me," he said. "Somehow I got enough air, I muttered out, 'I'm a U.S. soldier, I'm a U.S. soldier.'"

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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:42 PM
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1. holy sh*t....
The skeletons keep lurching out of the closet these days.
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Liberalboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 08:48 PM
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2. Confirmed by US Military
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:05 PM
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4. That confirmation is significant.
Thank you.
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:02 PM
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3. Brain damaged troops
damage one of their own. Think of all the detainees who have experienced this sort of brutality.
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