Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hunger Strike At Gitmo Animation Video

The horrors of Gitmo continue under President Obama's watch.Mainstream media either ignores or justifies abuse and torture of prisoners held by American authorities. When the Soviets used torture it was condemned when the USA uses torture it is praised for getting tough on terrorism.

 In March 2013, reports of a hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay, the US detention camp in Cuba, began to surface. Details were sketchy and were contradicted by statements from the US military. Now, using testimony from five detainees, this animated film reveals the daily brutality of life inside Guantánamo. Today there are 17 prisoners still on hunger strike, 16 of whom are being force-fed. Two are in hospital
• Warning: contains scenes some viewers might find disturbing
• شاهد هذا الفيلم مع ترجمة بالعربية
• In this Sunday's Observer read the extraordinary story of the making of Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes, plus an interview with David Morrissey about why he got involved


The making of Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes, The Guardian, October 13, 2013

Few outside the US military have even seen, let alone recorded, what goes on inside the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison. Now, using the words of the detainees themselves, an extraordinary animated film aims to show the brutality and claustrophobia of daily life there. This is the fascinating story behind its making…

And note secrecy & censorship still prevail at Gitmo. President Obama does not want the public to know about the conditions at the prison facility.Like his predecessor Bush he appears to approve and sanction the abuses and torture of so called "detainees" who are in fact POWS who are supposed to be protected under the Geneva Conventions and other international laws . Obama does not believe these laws apply to the USA or its allies. As a legal expert himself President Obama merely uses the law and legalese to defend his own unethical & immoral and illegal policies regarding the treatment of imprisoned suspected enemy combatants at Gitmo and elsewhere . He uses similar form of rhetoric and sophistry to justify his other war crimes ie Drone attacks, assassinations,use of land mines, cluster bombs, napalm, depleted uranium, free fire zones, death squads and so forth.

As the Guardian points out:

...The main source of the reports was Clive Stafford Smith, director and founder of legal assistance charity Reprieve, who, having heard that inmates were on hunger strike as a protest against their conditions, had started regularly visiting his Guantánamo-based clients in an attempt to ascertain what was going on. Stafford Smith was only allowed to meet a detainee once the prisoner had agreed to body cavity searches. Interviews took place under tightly regulated conditions and Stafford Smith was prohibited from recording a word. Only when outside could the lawyer scribble down conversations with inmates. This circumscribed method of accumulation of evidence was, even by the arbitrary standards associated with the US administration's "war on terror", eccentric.

"Detainees are effectively censored," says Cori Crider, a lawyer at Reprieve who has also made visits to the prison. "Everything they say to me on the telephone is listened to – and interrupted if the authorities hear anything they don't like. Everything they write to me passes through a government censor. And you can't interview – you can only ever use testimony through this filtered material."

And so it goes,

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