Prison Boss: No Innocent Men in Guantanamo

HARRIS: We have, I believe, a very professional behavioral health unit that exists solely for the mental health benefit of the detainees. And detainees are routinely reviewed by the behavioral health unit. We have detainees that are on constant and long-term observation. Two of the detainees who killed themselves by hanging earlier this month, they had been seen recently by the behavioral health unit and had been cleared, had evidenced no mental disorder.

I believe some of the commentary that came out of the Middle East suggests that they, in fact, had no mental disorder. But they managed to kill themselves because they wanted to, because they felt that that would help them and their cause here, not unlike, I might add, a suicide bomber in the Middle East, the suicide bombers in London.

You know, they felt committed to their cause, and they killed themselves for their cause. And that is exactly what happened here, I believe, in Guantanamo. And we'll await the results of the NCIS investigation for confirmation of that.

MORAN: They left suicide notes. Have you read them.

HARRIS: I have.

MORAN: Can we see them?

HARRIS: You cannot now, because it's still part of the NCIS investigation.

MORAN: Will you release them?

HARRIS: That won't be my call.

MORAN: Should they be released? You looked at them (ph).

HARRIS: I believe that it's fine to release them, but that decision has to be part of a investigation. And once that investigation is done, we'll see, you know, how that turns out.

MORAN: Can you tell us what they said?

HARRIS: I cannot.

And I don't mean to be resistant to the question. It's simply because it's part of the investigation.

MORAN: Are you proud of the work you do here?

HARRIS: I am very proud of the work that I do here. But more than that, I'm proud of the work that the troopers do here, the young American men and women, both military and civilian, who work inside the wire and deal with these folks every day.

I'm very proud of the work that they do. And I hope that you have the chance to interact with them during your visit here.

MORAN: It's a challenging assignment for them, for young Americans to be faced with men who are saying they're innocent or who are hurling excrement at them. You think they're doing a good job.

HARRIS: I think they're doing a great job. But I do agree with you wholeheartedly that it's a big challenge for all of us to be down here. But it's not a challenge because we think that the work we're doing is not important or valid; the challenge is because we're dealing with detaining enemy combatants every day.

But it's a great challenge. And I think that the troopers here are living up to that challenge every day. And I think the American people are proud of them and will be even more so after they see this "Nightline" week with you.

MORAN: Last question. You're a student of history. How will history judge this place?

HARRIS: I don't know how history would judge this place. I guess we'll have to read that -- we're going to have to wait a little bit to see.

But I think, at the end of the day, history will judge America's effort in the global war on terror in a very positive light. And I think...

MORAN: Including here?

HARRIS: Including -- including and perhaps especially here. But I say that, again, you know, trying to guess what history is. And who knows what it is until it happens.

But I think the work we're doing here is important. I think the American people appreciate the work that we're doing here. Just your poll itself would support that thesis.

And I believe the work that we as a nation are doing in the global war on terror is important and will be judged so by history.

MORAN: Thank you. Thank you so much.

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