Posts Tagged ‘rights of prisoners’

Guantanamo

The US gulag at Guantanamo Bay Cuba is now waiting for a large portion of its illegally-detained prisoners to kill themselves.

Guantanamo’s military defense lawyers cite My Lai massacre in plea to Hagel 

Military lawyers for former CIA captives held at Guantánamo are appealing to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to intervene in what they describe as deteriorating conditions and leadership failures on a scale similar to the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre. Hagel is a Vietnam combat veteran. The military lawyers call death among the detainees “imminent … whether by suicide, starvation, organ failure or associated complications. (source)”

The detained prisoners have arrived at Guantanamo through questionable means, such as through bribes to warlords (themselves much more powerful terrorists than the taxi drivers and sheepherders they sold to bounty hunters), in order to produce bodies, sold to the US like slaves.   Others arrived as prisoners of the war in Afghanistan whose only so-called “crimes” were defending their homeland against an illegal US/NATO invasion, under the Nuremberg statutes.  Prisoners of war are entitled to legal protections, while Guantanamo “detainees” and “enemy combatants” (a fictional term created for this purpose) are denied all rights, and live at the whim of the office of the President.

This mass suicide option fits seamlessly in with Obama’s drone murder response to the roster of US “enemies” around the world.  Prison and laws are less convenient than the outright killing or “disposal” of alleged enemies as they appear.