The Guardian in the UK is reporting that the conditions in the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay are getting worse. The American military lawyer for a British resident who is being held at Gitmo has said:
At least 50 people are on hunger strike, with 20 on the critical list, according to Binyam. The JTF [the Joint Task Force running Guantánamo] are not commenting because they do not want the public to know what is going on.
Binyam has witnessed people being forcibly extracted from their cell. Swat teams in police gear come in and take the person out; if they resist, they are force-fed and then beaten. Binyam has seen this and has not witnessed this before. Guantánamo Bay is in the grip of a mass hunger strike and the numbers are growing; things are worsening.
And this is happening on the watch of the new administration.
This information was part of a story by the Guardian on the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, who she claims was tortured at Gitmo – and that Britain was complicit in his treatment.
Suspicion is also growing that some sections of the US intelligence community would prefer Binyam did die inside Guantánamo. Silenced forever, only the sparse language of his diary would be left to recount his torture claims and interviewees with an MI5 officer, known only as Witness B. Such a scenario would also deny Mohamed the chance to personally sue the US, and possibly British authorities, over his treatment.
Those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
More at American Torture.