Guantanamo Bay

Short little news article about a hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay that features some wonderful military spin.

“The hunger-strike technique is consistent with al-Qaeda practice and reflects detainee attempts to elicit media attention to bring international pressure on the United States to release them back to the battlefield,” Durand told AP.

Hunger strikes are indeed an attention getting technique, one not just exclusive to al-Qaeda, but note how the use of the word al-Qaeda implies that everyone participating is a guilty terrorist. Chomsky would be proud. Also, I love the phrase “back to the battlefield.” That implies the prisoners are POWs, which implies there is a war, but the US Gov’t has repeatedly said that the prisoners are not POWs. So who exactly are these guys?

At one point last fall, a total of 131 detainees were refusing food at Guantanamo Bay. That number fell sharply after the military began force-feeding them.

Oh shi– no way!? Force feeding prisoners makes them stop starving? Wow, thanks Einstein. Force feeding, by the way, involves shoving a tube down a person’s nose/throat and pumping food down. Sounds pretty painful. Cruel, even. Thank God the Geneva Convention doesn’t apply, right guys?