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