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Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

by Stephen Lendman

Hunger striking for justice.

Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months. 

Media scoundrels at first ignored it. Now they say little. Capitol Hill's quiet. Pentagon officials downplay it. Russia Today reports it daily. More on that below.

Around 130 detainees refuse food. They're surviving only on water. Some are being force-fed. Doing so constitutes torture. 

Obama's been dismissively silent. On March 28, his spokesman Joshua Earnest commented for the first time, saying: 

The White House is "closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay. (The) administration remains committed to closing the detention facility."

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On January 22, 2009, Obama's Executive Order  promised closure. Guantanamo remains open. No closure plans exist. It gets worse. 

On March 7, 2011, his Executive Order promised "Periodic Review of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force."

It said in part:

"This order is intended solely to establish".a process to review on a periodic basis the executive branch's continued, discretionary exercise of existing detention authority in individual cases."

"Detainees at Guantanamo have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, and nothing in this order is intended to affect the jurisdiction of Federal courts to determine the legality of their detention."

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"The Secretary of Defense shall coordinate a process of periodic review."

"In consultation with the Attorney General, The Secretary of Defense shall issue implementing guidelines governing the process"."

"For each detainee, an initial review shall commence as soon as possible but no later than one year from the date of this order."

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