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The Guantanamo Hunger Strike Starts to Get Attention... and Gets More Dangerous

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"I scare myself when I look in the mirror. Let them kill us as we have nothing to lose. We died when Obama indefinitely detained us. Respect us or kill us. It is your choice. The US must take off its mask and kill us."
~ Faiz al-Kandari

On day 50 of the continuing hunger strike at Guantanamo this week over 30 of the 166 prisoners were confirmed on strike, possibly 100-130 ( listen to Andy Worthington interviewed by Peter Collins ). At least eleven are being force fed. The physical condition of the inmates is dire. On Monday the International Red Cross arrived .

A Yemeni prisoner filed complaints that they are being denied access to clean drinking water and are being kept in freezing temperatures. Mari Newman, a human rights lawyer, "The reality is that these men are slowly withering away and we as a country need to take immediate action."

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White House spokesman Joshua Earnest stated yesterday that "the White House and the President's team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay" I can tell you that the administration remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay." But the reality is it is Obama who is keeping it open.The reality is that Obama authorized the indefinite detention of 48 of the men in Guantanamo. It is Obama that is keeping almost everyone there without trial or charge. The one person in the State Dept. who was tasked with closing Guantanamo has had  his office closed down .  The reality is that the majority of those cleared for release have been banned to return home by Obama because of their nation of origin, Yemen. 

In fact while these men are literally hunger striking for justice the White House announced a new $50 million "special detention facility" at Guantanamo. Does this seem like a man committed to shutting down Guantanamo? Obama cannot be labeled the "reluctant" warden of this concentration camp. The question is whether it's becoming a death camp.

Carlos Warner, an attorney for 11 detainees, told CNN that "It leaves them with the prospect of the only way we leave Guantanamo is death. And unfortunately, I think the men are ready to embrace this. And I don't see the military backing off." 

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-Johina Aamer, Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer's 15 yr. old daughter wrote  The Guantanamo Diet  appealing to the world to pay attention to what really matters. 

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Andy Worthington is scheduled to be on The Michael Slate Show today - listen live at  KPFK-LA  at 10am Pacific or to the recording later at

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Watch an interview with a representative of the Red Cross on  Gitmo "tensions and anguish' related to the lack of "clear legal framework'

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Watch a discussion with Guantanamo attorney Pardiss Kebraei, Carol Rosenberg and others on the Huffington Post .

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Support the Prisoners Hunger Strike! Close Guantanamo Now!

In 2002, the Bush regime set up a primitive prison camp at a U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Over six years they held 776 men there without charges, using what they called "enhanced interrogation" and the rest of the world calls "torture." Bush called these men "the worst of the worst," though most had been turned in for $5,000 cash bounties the U.S. paid, and had no connection to attacks on the U.S. An international outcry brought about the release of more than 500 of the prisoners.

The word "Guantanamo" came to mean torture & injustice. One of Obama's first acts as president in 2008 was an order to close Guantanamo within one year, leading most people to think the terrible violation of peoples' rights by indefinite detention without trial is over. But it isn't.

166 men remain imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, 157 haven't been charged and 86 have been cleared for release. 

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Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched. Based in New York City, she leads World Can't Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the (more...)
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