Our guards at Gitmo say that it is they who are attacked – by the detainees.
The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.
Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by “cocktails” of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.
They’ve been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small “bean holes” used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say. Serious assaults requiring medical attention, however, are rare, the reports indicate.
The detainee “reached under the face mask of an IRF (Initial Reaction Force) team member’s helmet and scratched his face, attempting to gouge his eyes,” states a May 27, 2005, report on an effort to remove a recalcitrant prisoner from his cell.
“The IRF team member received scratches to his face and eye socket area,” the report said.
Since its creation in early 2002, the U.S. detention camp on Cuba’s coast has been a controversial symbol of the Bush administration’s war on terror, bringing allegations of prisoner mistreatment, debates over civil rights and a landmark legal battle to win rights for the detainees.
At one point, more than 600 foreign men captured in the war on terror were kept there. Many have been released to their home countries, reducing the current population to about 450. Ten detainees have been accused of war crimes, but no one has been tried.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the men are entitled to lawyers and access to the courts and that the administration’s original plan to give them justice through military tribunals was illegal.
Guards currently stationed at Guantanamo describe a tense atmosphere in which prisoners often orchestrate violence in hopes of unnerving their captors, especially with attacks using bodily fluids.
Is this really a surprise? These detainees are some of the most monstrous people on the face of the earth.
Jay at Stop the ACLU:
These are the people the ACLU are trying their best to free. Much of the attacks on guards were from the advantage given to them from having items of comfort and privilege that we would have been accused of abuse if we didn’t provide. They are provided with fans to keep cool for example. Can you imagine what kind of dangerous things the wrong person could do with a fan blade and an innovative imagination? Well, make sure to read the entire article to see just how that was achieved.
The enemy orchestrates mass suicide stunts to play the victim card and inflame its followers. We respond with…more self-flagellation.
Do you find yourself muttering “we’re screwed” under your breath 10 times a day, too?