Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags into its 5th Month

Friday, June 07, 2013

Photo reviewed by US military officials shows a recreation area in Camp VI in Guantanamo Bay where 70 prisonners are detained on Guantanamo October 23, 2010. (Virginie Montet/AFP/Getty)

Less than a month ago President Obama reiterated his desire to close the Guantanmo Bay detention facility in a televised speech, specifically addressing the hunger strike that is now in its 5th month

"Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike," he said, speaking from the National Defense University. "Is this who we are? Is that something our Founders foresaw? Is that the America we want to leave our children? Our sense of justice is stronger than that."

Since the president spoke, the number of force-fed strikers has increased to 41 as of Wednesday. The size of the facility's staff is growing too. There are now nearly 2,000 troops and civilians assigned to the prison.

Carol Rosenberg, reporter for The Miami Herald, says there seems to be no end in sight.


Carol Rosenberg

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