At Guantanamo, Dying Is Not Permitted

Posted on July 3, 2006 

At Guantanamo, Dying Is Not Permitted

The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, won a major victory this week when the Supreme Court struck down the Bush administration’s planned military tribunals. But for many prisoners at the detention facility, the protests haven’t stopped. Hunger strikes persist, in what Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. has called “asymmetric warfare” — a means to attract attention to their increasingly controversial detention. As a result, the camp’s administrators have sought to keep prisoners alive at all cost — because a prisoner’s death (as the U.S. found out three weeks ago, when three Gitmo inmates committed suicide) can be a major embarrassment for the U.S. and add fuel to widespread demands for the facility to be shut down.

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