So lets say you’re the Pentagon, and you’re trying to play down all the suicide attempts at Gitmo. What do you do? Why, you, make up some new definitions! Self-harm! Hanging gestures!
In 2003, there were 350 “self-harm” incidents, including 120 “hanging gestures,” according to Lt. Col. Leon Sumpter, a spokesman for the detention mission.
Last year, there were 110 self-harm incidents, he said.
The military has reported 34 suicide attempts since the camp opened in 2002, including one prisoner going into a coma and sustaining memory loss from brain damage.