A former Guantanamo Bay guard now living in Corpus Christi describes his experiences at the military detention facility.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Ever since Guantanamo Bay was transformed into a military detention center in 2002, it has been a powerful symbol across the world. It has a 16 year lifespan now, and over that time nearly 800 men have been sent to the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay.
Recently, President trump vowed to keep the controversial military detention facility open, a departure from Obama-era ambitions.
It affects international relations and rekindles a national debate, but the announcement also impacts 1,700 military personnel working at the base.
Members of the military who have been stationed at Guantanamo Bay will always carry the memories of their time their time there, and it is the case for one former guard whose experiences still haunt him.
Joshua Meyer lives in Corpus Christi now, but he spent 14 months as a military police officer at Guantanamo Bay.
Meyer has lasting physical wounds. He says he was attacked on several occasions by the detainees.
However, he says mental scars came from some of the things he had to do as part of the job, like force feed detainees, or prevent them from committing suicide.
Meyer was also threatened, not just while he was on the base, but even after he came home to Texas.
"We wore numbers so that we wouldn't know who we are," Meyer said. "A couple of them, twelve of them found out my real name, and found out that I was actually from Houston, Texas, and told me that when they got out, that they were actually going to send hit men to kill my family."
Meyer's full story will air in a KRIS 6 News Special Report: Soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, tonight on KRIS 6 News at 6.
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