, a native of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
, is a United States Air Force veteran
and former member of the Kentucky National Guard
, who served during the first Gulf War
, and as a member of the 438th Military Police
at Guantanamo Bay
In January 2003, Baker was ordered by an officer at Guantanamo to pretend to be a prisoner in a training drill. As per instruction, Baker wore an orange prison jumpsuit
over his uniform and crawled under a bunk in a cell, so an "internal reaction force"
consisting of four (possibly five) US soldiers could practice extracting an uncooperative inmate from his cell. The soldiers in the reaction force were operating under the impression that he was a genuine detainee that had assaulted a sergeant.
During an interview with WLEX
, a Kentucky television station
, Baker stated that he was beaten severely and that a soldier pressed his head down against the steel floor of the facility to the point where he became unable to breathe. Although Baker shouted out the safeword
("red") he had been given to stop the exercise and stated that he was a U.S. soldier, the soldier continued beating Baker's head against the floor and choking him. Only after ripping his prison jumpsuit in the struggle, revealing that he was wearing a battle dress uniform
and government-issue boots underneath, did the beating stop.
Baker was transported to a military hospital
for treatment of head injuries and then transferred to a Navy
hospital in Portsmouth,...