The Guantánamo prison, whose motto is "safe, humane, legal, transparent detention," announced Tuesday that it will no longer disclose daily hunger-strike figures -- abandoning a practice that allowed the public to see the rise and fall of the captives' nearly year-long protest...
It bottomed out at 11 prisoners counted as hunger-strikers on Nov. 15 but had risen as of Monday -- the last day the prison disclosed the hunger-strike figure -- to 15 captives so thin they were eligible for forced-feeding through nasogastric tubes if they didn't voluntarily chug a dose of Ensure...But [Navy Commander John] Filostrat alternately described the daily disclosure as a disruption of prison-camp operations and as a new public-relations strategy by the Joint Task Force, or JTF, of 2,100 troops and contractors assigned to the prison-camp complex now housing 164 detainees.
The military stopped providing daily updates of the six-month hunger strike in September, saying the strike was mostly over. However, the continued counting has . The numbers continue to hover around a dozen. As of this writing, 15 prisoners are on hunger strike, all of whom are being force-fed...
Interrogation of terror suspects before putting them into the federal courts system "has been a goldmine for us" he said. "The [president] and the Congress should look into codifying this into law ... because I think it's going to become an increasingly important practice. There will be a need for this sort of interrogation."
Last Saturday, for the first time, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, founded in 1986, heard a case relating to the program of rendition and torture established under George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks, with particular reference to US crimes committed on African soil.
The case was brought by the Global Justice Clinic, based at the Center for Human Rights and Justice at New York University School of Law and by the London-based INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), and it concerns the role played by Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, as part of the program of rendition, secret detention and torture run by the CIA on Bush's orders, with specific reference to the case of Mohammed al-Asad, a Yemeni citizen, who, as the Global Justice Clinic explained in a press release, "was secretly detained, tortured and interrogated in Djibouti for several weeks in 2003 and 2004 before being forcibly transferred to a CIA 'black site'...
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