This Monstrous Cell July 4, 2013Posted by rogerhollander in Barack Obama, Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Torture.
Tags: abby zimet, Abdelhadi Faraj, foced feeding, Guantanamo, ramadan, religious freedom, roger hollander, torture
Roger’s note: sure is comforting to know that Obama has done away with torture.
by Abby Zimet, commondreams.org, July 4, 2013
It just keeps getting worse. Responding to a court case brought by Guantanamo prisoners against force-feeding, the Obama administration says it cannot guarantee it will not happen during the day over Ramadan, which starts Monday – that it “plans” to feed all detainees before dawn and after sunset “absent any…operational issues,” because the “public interest lies with maintaining the status quo.” The President’s lawyers also argued the detainees bringing the case are not “persons” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and therefore not protected by it. One is rendered speechless. Not so two prisoners, who send their “call to the outside world” in letters describing solitary confinement, confiscated blankets, beatings, tear gas, body searches up to ten times a day and daily, violent, blood-soaked force-feedings. Thus, the “status quo” that must be maintained.
“Does the world know what is happening in this prison?” – Abdelhadi Faraj, prisoner #329.