Gitmo Prisoners Stage Violent Rebellion

GuantanamoThe unrest at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (a/k/a Gitmo) that has seen brutal force feeding of hunger strikers exploded this weekend as detainees staged a rebellion armed with broomsticks and batons. From AP:

Months of increased tension at the Guantanamo Bay prison boiled over into a clash between guards and detainees Saturday as the military closed a communal section of the facility and moved its inmates into single cells.

The violence erupted during an early morning raid that military officials said was necessary because prisoners had covered up security cameras and windows as part of a weekslong protest and hunger strike over their indefinite confinement and conditions at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Prisoners fought guards with makeshift weapons that included broomsticks and mop handles when troops arrived to move them out of a communal wing of the section of the prison known as Camp 6, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a military spokesman. Guards responded by firing four “less-than-lethal rounds,” he said…

The reasons for the hunger strike are in dispite. The New York Times reported that:

Detainee lawyers and military officials also disagree about the catalyst for the hunger strike. The lawyers say their clients told them that the guard force had recently become stricter about living conditions and had conducted a search for contraband in early February that involved looking through prisoners’ Korans, which they considered to be desecration.

The military acknowledged that it conducted that search but said it did so under longstanding procedures, whereby a translator — who is Muslim — handles the Islamic book, not the guards. Military spokesmen have accused the detainees of manufacturing claims of Koran abuse and orchestrating the hunger strike to win attention from the news media.

Carlos Warner, a federal public defender in Ohio who represents several Guantánamo detainees, criticized the guards’ action on Saturday.

“This is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing,” he said. “As of last week, the strike would end if they allowed the men to surrender the Koran. Instead, the military is escalating the conflict.”

Several weeks ago, Captain Durand, the prison spokesman, said in an interview that the military would not accept the detainees’ offer to take away their Korans instead of periodically searching them…

[continues in New York Times]


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14 Comments on "Gitmo Prisoners Stage Violent Rebellion"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Apr 14, 2013 at 9:48 am |

    hard to believe it took them this long to rebel

    if being held without Due Process
    and without hope of parole or release
    didn’t spark an violent rebellion a decade ago
    (and these guys are TERRORISTS!!!!!!!)
    then there’s no point at which the sheeple will fail to take up the arse

    • sheeple indeed. on the knees without talking or talking back against captors is past being metaphor for some businesses here in the states and on towards analogy. and direct example. “can’t educate them, they’ll be more dangerous!” “can’t consider their words reason, they’re [insert defamation]!” “can’t condone them, because we accused them wrong, so according to our wrong logic, condoning them will encourage everyone to do the things we said they shouldn’t have! damn us for exaggerating!” i’m seriously dealing with the “at will employment” version of this in my daily life – don’t think it exaggerated please – it’s more of a class-action lawsuit. evidence against the shepherds is like a molehill-mountain pair of docks, but i have no idea why shepherds are playing wack-a-mole-with-a-fish. oh wait 😉

    • Rhoid Rager | Apr 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

      Stanford Prison experiment anyone? The human psyche is malleable beyond
      all estimation. Love thy neighbour (even if a captor) is not so much a
      moral dictum as a description of reality.

      • BuzzCoastin | Apr 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm |

        what’s very interesting about this situation is
        that the blame for oppressing the prisoners
        is not laid at the feet of any one person
        but is condoned & enabled by a System of Rules
        that no person or group of people control
        but people are controlled by it

        the fact that this rebellion was so long in coming
        is an indication of how deep System control really is

  2. Jesse Kleitman | Apr 14, 2013 at 10:00 am |

    Just another attempt to create war propoganda and inspire others to become terrorists.

    These creeps gouge out Korans to put IEDs in them and write in them so as to spread secret messages to each other – but when someone handes it “wrong” it’s oh so upsetting?


    For them it’s a weapon of war like an IED. In this case they use it for propoganda to create resentment and inspire others to join the jihad.

    The commander refused the oh so charitable offer to just take the korans instead of searching them because he wasn’t born yesterday. He knows what kind of shit storm would happen if he took korans and that said storm of shit would be started by the exact same prisoners who are “offering” to relinquish those korans in the first place.

    They know what they’re doing and the commander knows what they’re doing. The only ones who don’t SEEM to have a clue are the NYTimes and Disinformation.

    • Charlie Primero | Apr 14, 2013 at 11:48 am |

      Being arrested at seventeen years of age while plowing a field and held without trial and tortured for eleven years had nothing to do with the uprising. The prisoners were merely hoping for a public relations victory. Got it.

    • How did they make IEDs while in Gitmo?

  3. Charlie Primero | Apr 14, 2013 at 11:42 am |

    It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

    • Rhoid Rager | Apr 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

      That may be the case when you’re in captivity and have your back up against a wall, but that can’t be applied to the world at large. When you’re on the outside, it’s better to evade, stay under the radar and tell others to do the same. The system relies on compliance AND violent confrontation. The first comes naturally, the second is a useless catharsis for the outraged.

      • Charlie Primero | Apr 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

        Every man’s level of tolerance for abuse is different. It’s true that Winston Smith could have lived much longer if he were less adventurous. To each his own.

  4. How could this happen? Didn’t Obama close Gitmo in his first year of office? :-7

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