Thursday, February 09, 2006

Hunger strikes in the abyss--it is all an al-Qaeda plot

Prisoners held interminably could not be on hunger strike to protest the conditions or context of their incarceration, it must be an al-Qaeda "tactic".
Tough U.S. Steps in Hunger Strike at Camp in Cuba - New York Times: "Military officials denied that such negotiations had occurred. But military officials and the lawyers agreed that when another wave of hunger strikes began in early August they were more generally focused on the indefinite nature of the detentions and that it was harder for the authorities there to address.
Colonel Martin said the number of hunger strikers peaked around Sept. 11 at 131, but added that he could not speculate about why other than to note that 'hunger striking is an Al Qaeda tactic used to elicit media attention and also to bring pressure on the U.S. government.'
Until yesterday, Guant�namo officials had acknowledged only having forcibly restrained detainees to feed them a handful of times. In those cases, the officials said, doctors had restrained detainees on hospital beds using Velcro straps.
Two military officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the question, said that the use of restraint chairs started after it was found that some hunger strikers were deliberately vomiting in their cells after having been tube-fed and that their health was growing precarious."

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