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April 13, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center appear to be feeling their oats of late. Several dozen of the detainees have been on a hunger strike since February, protesting “the confiscation of letters, photographs and legal mail, and the rough handling of Korans during searches of their cells.” Other prisoners cite President Obama’s failure to live up to his promise to close the facility as a reason for the hunger strike.

In an effort to break the strike, the military decided to place the prisoners in individual cells rather than allow them to live in a communal area. During the transfer, several prisoners apparently attacked their guards, necessitating a response.

The Washington Post reports:

Durand said in a statement that some detainees “resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired.”

He said there were no serious injuries to guards or detainees.

The hunger strike began in early February after detainees said the guard force initiated new and aggressive sweeps of the cells that they alleged included inappropriate searches of the detainees’ Korans. The military acknowledged that Korans were searched for contraband, but said they were handled only by interpreters, most of whom are Muslim, not the guard force.

Lawyers for the detainees, the military and the International Committee for the Red Cross agree that the hunger strike is also born of a deeper frustration that the Obama administration has abandoned any real effort to close the facility.

There are 166 detainees at Guantanamo, and dozens of them were cleared for transfer out of Guantanamo Bay by an interagency review panel. The Obama administration has not yet started another promised review process. And it closed the office in the State Department that was charged with getting the cleared detainees home or resettled in third countries.

The administration has said that Congress has blocked its ability to act, but lawyers and human rights groups say that the administration could still move out some detainees. They charge that the White House is unwilling to fight for its 2009 executive order to close the facility in Cuba.

The detainees are not wanted back in their home countries, and few other nations are willing to shelter someone who has spent a decade in prison for terrorism. They can’t stay here and they don’t want to live in Guantanamo, so what are we to do with them?

Human rights groups want the U.S. to release all but a handful of the detainees, but they never get around to saying where they will go and who would take them in. Perhaps some countries who have been the loudest in denouncing the U.S. because of Guantanamo will step forward and volunteer to take them in. Don’t hold your breath.

The bottom line is that about a quarter of detainees at Guantanamo — if history is any guide — will “re-engage” and go back to being a terrorist if they are released. Do you want to be responsible for deciding which detainees will go straight and which won’t?

Neither does the president.

 

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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A hunger strike, now that's funny. These guys went from starving in a cave to being better fed than the average American. Some of these guys have gained 50 pounds. A little fasting would do them some good.
Since they started in February, maybe they are just extending their appreciation for Lent.
1 year ago
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--They can’t stay here and they don’t want to live in Guantanamo, so what are we to do with them? --

Antarctica, perhaps?
1 year ago
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Back in November when most of us were awash in despair over Obama's election win I posted one of my first comments here at PJM. I said that we shouldn't let it throw us because, life and politics being what they are, "stuff happens" and things change unexpectedly and for reasons that couldn't have been foreseen. I believe this is happening now, Obama's nightmare has just begun and he is being exposed as the charlatan he is. It's not just this inevitable uprising at Guantanamo because of Obama's cheap political promises to close the place down, but the grotesque Gosnell ripping away the curtain of respectability hiding the hideousness of abortion (and there are many other Gosnells out there) as well as the regal Obama/Biden lifestyle that the media cannot hide from the public any longer and the loss of the gun control legislation because of Democrat rejection. This is just the beginning of the collapse of Obama's house of cards.
1 year ago
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Amazing how a people with absolutely no interest in such a thing as a Constitution suddenly become virtual experts in it. I say treat it in the same manner as a criminal act itself. If one can be put in prison for rejecting common law, one should have that extended so that it is in line with other things one rejects. That means no Koran. Why? Simply because they want it.
1 year ago
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AAAAHAAAA!!!
Blame Congress because Obambi hasn't got the gonads to use an ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ORDER.
This plays right into the "sequestration" circus, since it cuts down on cafeteria costs for these vermin.
And "since February"? They're getting food from somewhere. Vermin do eat other vermin. Let nature take its course.
1 year ago
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Oh no!!!! Imprisoned inmates acting out against loss of freedoms, (some sounding not quite legal) with strange behaviors? On a more serious note, Genevas Convention and UN articles aside!

How many of the inmates having gone through there and remain today were captured on a battlefield in the commission of combat? How many remaining there today have been classified by 'our' government and military as not being a threat and would be released as others before, if there was someplace to release them to? All that changes the conventional rules of conventional warfare as prescribed under even the revised rules of war by the GC and UN specifically for this type of military engagement against a 'defined' enemy combatant. From a 'legal' point we've gotten ourselves involved in a catch-22 that everybody of the war conventions have decidedly agreed to thrun their heads away from not knowing what precisely to do considering the governing international laws. If it were americans in the same boat, we'd have every domestic and political force of any authority, fighting 24/7 against these kinds of war internment.

That said, after 10+ years of war now winding down, both the congress and the government will have to be looking at some equitable means of an authorizing exit from both the battlefields and 'enemy' internments, at which time, I'm pretty sure international law will not continue too be so removed from the rules. Those few who 'can' be charged and tried should be, in the timely prescribed rules and prevailing laws and those not, need to have some exit means made available soon.
1 year ago
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I'd give them old Richie Rich comic books with a beard drawn on Richie with a magic marker. Tell 'em it's the condensed Classics Illustrated version of the Koran and that if they reject any port in a storm, they are apostates.

Plus they can only watch Leave It to Beaver.
1 year ago
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i have never understood why anyone cares about a hunger strike. lock someone up and you have a duty to provide basic food. if they don't want to eat it, let them starve to death. if they want to riot, shoot them. if they want to be treated humanely, let them follow the rules.

force feeding and all this other crap is idiotic. so is the providing of religiously appropriate diet and all this bowing and scraping to the koran.
1 year ago
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Shoot them with rubber bullets. Aimed at their eyeballs.
1 year ago
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Agreed, we must be the laughingstock of the Muslim world, including these terrorists.
Aren't they war prisoners? ....and as such they're exemplars of Muslims' intentions all over America as in Europe and England?....[I single out England because I suspect the Welsh, Scots and Irish are much less accommodating than the English.]
We're making fools of ourselves.....forget the U.N.'s tut-tutting. They pay no attention to us.......while they love our dues-money, however.

Sickening.
1 year ago
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The real problem is that these guys were detained in the first place. They should have been shot out of hand as unlawful combatants. We need to go back to following the Laws of Land Warfare like we did in WW2. If you are caught engaging in combat with no uniform, we stand you against the nearest wall and shoot you. If we think you have intel, we interrogate you first.
1 year ago
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The should be shot today. If I was a guard down there I would take one for the team and trade my life for ending theirs. The intelligence output is barely a trickle, if that, and the Administration doesn't have the will to use the intelligence anyway.
1 year ago
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Good idea; "Take one for the team", and go on hunger strike is sympathy.
They'll love you for it. Maybe even make you an honorary jihadi.
1 year ago
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Is North Korea completely out of the question as a new "home" for the Guantanamo inmates? Maybe some time in a place that is REALLY repressive will give them their perspective back.

Then again, scratch that idea. They are likely to be received as heroes and get Kim Jong On's eager assistance in executing new terrorist attacks.
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