US government admits hunger strike in Guantanamo

After hemming and hawing about the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay prison, the US government has finally admitted that there are in fact prisoners on hunger strike.  As with all scandals involving the state the government is attempting to downplay this as much as possible.  It is only conceding that 14 inmates are on hunger strike.  This is in stark contrast with what the detainee’s lawyers are saying.  According to several lawyers representing the 166 individuals held with out trial, around 130 prisoners in Camp 6 are on hunger strike.  Lawyers have claimed that several of the individuals were coughing up blood, as well as looking emaciated.  The freedom loving US government flippantly states this is a fabrication.  Guantanamo spokesman Navy Capt. Robert Durand had this to say in regards to the hunger strike “Refusing prepared meals and choosing to subsist for a time on snack foods does not constitute a hunger strike.” 

In other words, nothing to see here people.  You can go back to worrying about Lil Wayne and stop wondering what happens in a highly secret military prison where 166 men languish in legal limbo.  There are only a few inmates refusing food and they are sneaking potato chips and cookies when no one is looking.

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  • inspiredlivingkc  On March 23, 2013 at 2:24 am

    It’s the final means to an end by either gaining enough attention to end their suffering and be released or to die. However, I heard 8 prisoners have been put onto feeding tubes so the tragedy continues.

    • porkinspolicyreview  On March 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      I just woke up this morning to learn that the U.S. government plans on spending something like $190,000 to renovate Guantanamo. Clearly Obama has no real intention of closing down the prison.

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