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Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

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US citizens are vulnerable. They can be detained indefinitely. They can be kept in military prisons. They can be isolated in tiny animal cages. They're subjected to militarized harshness. 

They're denied all fundamental rights. They can be charged or uncharged. They can be tried or untried. 

MCA law states: "no (civil) court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any claim or cause for action whatsoever....relating to the prosecution, trial or judgment of....military commission(s)....including challenges to (their) lawfulness...."

In Boumediene v. Bush (June 2008), the High Court said Guantanamo detainees retain habeas rights. MCA unconstitutionally subverts them. 

Administration officials have no legal authority to deny due process in civil courts. Acting as judge, jury and executioner with no right of appeal excludes judicial fairness.

FY 2010 NDAA followed. Section 2031 contained the 2009 Military Commissions Act (MCA). The phrase "unprivileged enemy belligerent" replaced "unlawful enemy combatant." 

Language changed but not intent. Police state harshness continues. Obama enforces it. His policies belie his rhetoric. He's guilty of high crimes against humanity. They continue out-of-control. Innocent victims suffer. They do so largely out of sight and mind.

David Remes represents Guantanamo detainees. He does so pro bono. He's done other human rights work. "The military has no credibility when it comes to Guantanamo," he said. Hunger strikers are "determined to leave one way or another - alive or dead."

On April 2, Russia Today headlined "Gitmo hunger strike spreads amid protests at US embassies," saying:

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