Hopefully, the prisoners on a hunger strike there will no longer be force fed so they can die sooner. CNN also doesn’t tell you that the reason the Muslim savages who have been freed to leave are still there is because their own countries refuse to take them back and no other country wants them. (Guards must wear face masks to protect them from the filth the Muslim filth throw at them)
CNN (h/t Maurice) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — For the 160-plus inmates at the U.S. prison camp here, each sunrise brings a new day that most would rather starve than endure. For the American troops who guard them, each day brings a daily rain of obscenities and filth — sometimes physical as well as verbal.
More than a decade after the first inmates arrived at the U.S. base where prisoners from the U.S. war on terror are being held, Guantanamo Bay is a facility in crisis.
From the 700-plus detainees it once held, only 166 remain. Of those, more than half have been approved for transfers out, but languish as the Obama administration and Congress battle over whether to shut down the facility. A handful are facing trial before military commissions, a process that has been criticized as both inefficient and unfair.
“The commissions are a joke,” inmate Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani wrote to his lawyer in March. “If you lose you go to prison for life. If you win, you’re held indefinately (sic) for life.”
Al-Afghani has been held in Guantanamo since 2008, transferred there after being held by the CIA. The Pentagon said he was one of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden’s “most trusted facilitators and procurement specialists.”
More than half are on hunger strikes. Some will take liquid nutritional supplements, but about 30 are being force-fed — a practice condemned by human rights groups and the American Medical Association. The military has brought in additional medical staff to manage the protest.
Most of the inmates have been moved to two blocks, dubbed Camp V and Camp VI. For the most part, they look like a typical civilian prison, with two tiers of cells that face out onto a room full of metal tables. The air conditioning delivers a chilly blast when walking in from the muggy tropical air outside.
The detainees used to be allowed to live communally, but that ended after a raid turned up homemade weapons. Now they’re held in individual cells with heavy steel doors. They’re allowed to watch movies and even some news programs in recliners in media rooms — with their feet shackled to the floor.
They’re guarded by Americans, some of them not yet old enough to drink, who face a daily torrent of abuse. “They use extremely vulgar language towards females, and I’ve had a lot of experience with that, unfortunately,” said one young woman who serves as a guard there. “Especially Caucasian females — they do not like us at all.”
The military would not allow her to be identified, and even her nametag displayed only a number. But she says she’s 21 and has already served a tour as a guard at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In Guantanamo, the prisoners call her a bitch. A whore. A slut. But worse than the name-calling is what the guards call “splashing” — flinging urine or feces on the guards. It happens to someone “every single day” for the last month and a half, she said.
“They’ll say things like, ‘I’ll piss all over your face,’ ” she said. “They’ll say, Oh, you’ve had shit thrown on you, been disrespected,’ or ‘Nobody wants you, you’re trash now.’ “
The cell doors have what are called “splash boxes” through which food is passed. They’re designed to minimize contact with inmates and reduce splashing, but they don’t eliminate it.
The walls and floors are quickly scrubbed down, but bits of feces are still visible stuck to the foam ceiling tiles in the units. The young guard said those “splashed” — and she’s been among them — are sent to the camp hospital, notified of any diseases their assailant may carry, have their blood tested — “and then you go right back to work.”
The prison camp opened in 2002. President Barack Obama came into office vowing to close the prison camp, and told reporters in April that he still wants to shut it down.