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Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:05 PM

US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes

Source: Associated Press

The U.S. military will no longer disclose to the media and public whether prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike, a spokesman said Wednesday, eliminating what had long been an unofficial barometer of conditions at the secretive military outpost.

Hunger strikes have been employed by men held at Guantanamo since shortly after the prison opened in January 2002 and the U.S. has long disclosed how many are refusing to eat and whether they meet military guidelines to be force fed.

Officials have now determined it is no longer in their interest to publicly disclose the information, said Navy Cmdr. John Fiolstrat, a spokesman for the military's Joint Task Force-Guantanamo.

"JTF-Guantanamo allows detainees to peacefully protest, but will not further their protests by reporting the numbers to the public," Filostrat said in an e-mail. "The release of this information serves no operational purpose and detracts from the more important issues, which are the welfare of detainees and the safety and security of our troops."



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=21098481&sid=76

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Reply US Will No Longer Report Guantanamo Hunger Strikes (Original post)
Redfairen Dec 2013 OP
sakabatou Dec 2013 #1
mahannah Dec 2013 #2
guyton Dec 2013 #3
FiveGoodMen Dec 2013 #8
raouldukelives Dec 2013 #4
JDPriestly Dec 2013 #5
blkmusclmachine Dec 2013 #20
olddad56 Dec 2013 #6
Ash_F Dec 2013 #7
Poll_Blind Dec 2013 #9
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #10
Kelvin Mace Dec 2013 #11
MsLeopard Dec 2013 #12
longship Dec 2013 #13
Festivito Dec 2013 #14
pscot Dec 2013 #15
Hell Hath No Fury Dec 2013 #16
blkmusclmachine Dec 2013 #18
hughee99 Dec 2013 #27
blkmusclmachine Dec 2013 #17
City Lights Dec 2013 #19
happyfunball Dec 2013 #21
Judi Lynn Dec 2013 #22
nilesobek Dec 2013 #23
bemildred Dec 2013 #24
Solly Mack Dec 2013 #25
malthaussen Dec 2013 #26

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:08 PM

1. White washing?

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:10 PM

2. What a steaming crock of shit. On all counts.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:11 PM

3. are we evil yet?

what are our responsibilities as citizens to allow this horror to continue in our name? wtf.

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Response to guyton (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:30 PM

8. We are neck-and-neck with the devil and starting to pull ahead.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:14 PM

4. Well it is kind of a bummer. Nobody wants to hear that 2 second blurb

sandwiched between the latest celeb gossip and how well the environment killing stocks they own are doing.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:16 PM

5. No right to appear. No right to be heard. No right to confront the witnesses against them.

An experiment in totalitarianism.

This is a worse black mark on our history than were the Japanese internships.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:06 PM

20. This is a psychological experiment to beat us all down to thinking this sh!t is "normal."

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:17 PM

6. wouldn't want to detract from the welfare of the detainees.

because they are getting treated so humanely now.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:27 PM

7. Problem solved!

Just look away.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:33 PM

9. Disgusting. nt

PB

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:34 PM

10. Just goes to show that when you're in the dungeon

 

... you're in the dungeon, and nobody knows how you fare.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:40 PM

11. Becuase ignoring reality just makes it go away

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 05:40 PM

12. Don't report it - didn't happen

See how easy it is!

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Response to MsLeopard (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 06:12 PM

13. There's no torture going on here. Absolutely none!!

That's what we heard during Bush II.

President Obama has a real problem here. He promised to close this shit down in 2008. What happened to stop that, I will not speculate. However, I firmly believe that Gitmo is a blot on our country. One that will need to be addressed eventually, one way or another.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 06:51 PM

14. I guess they won't want to privatize their reporting system. eom.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 06:56 PM

15. Evil

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 08:52 PM

16. Utterly shameful.

GWB would be so proud.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:04 PM

18. Hope

for Change

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 11:23 AM

27. Funny you mention *...

5 years ago, 90% of the posts would be blaming the Administration and specifically * for this, now (so far), the current president has rated exactly as many mentions in this thread as the previous one, and no one seems to be putting this on president Obama.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:03 PM

17. How can we know if those prisoners are even still alive?!!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:05 PM

19. Sweep it under the rug.

No one will see it then.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 01:26 AM

21. Its not a war crime

 

If nobody knows about it.

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Response to happyfunball (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:45 AM

22. Only the enemy commits war crimes. We are incapable of criminality.

That's why the creator has seen fit to bestow so many deadly weapons upon this nation.

It's our reward for being so good.

Welcome to D.U., happyfunball.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 05:21 AM

23. I don't care if they are guilty or not

The prisoners have suffered and have been tortured for 12 years. Release them to their home countries.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 07:22 AM

24. "in here, we make the rules ..." nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 09:10 AM

25. Disgusting.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 09:46 AM

26. "Officials have now determined that it is no longer in their interest..."

Who cares about your interest, "officials?" You are supposed to be operating in our interest.

"Detracts from operational purpose..." what lovely gibberish. This is why the military should not be entrusted with matters of public interest: their "mission" contradicts them.

-- Mal

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