Officials at Guantanamo Prepare to Detain Prisoners For Life Without Due Process


Just 20 years ago no one imagined that the U.S. government would begin incarcerating prisoners without charge, trial or due process for years at a time.

But now the U.S. government is drafting formal plans to house prisoners for life without indictment, charge, or trial.

“[After years of impassioned debates over the rights of the detainees and whether the prison could close, the Pentagon is now planning for terrorism suspects still held in the facility to grow old and die at Guantánamo Bay.”

Although socialists and government trusters generally depict life under total government as a utopia, many of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay show signs of physical deterioration.

“[T]he Palestinian known as Abu Zubaydah, who was confined to a box the size of a coffin while held at a secret C.I.A. site and waterboarded 83 times to break him . . . [is] already living with what [his] lawyers say are the physical and psychological aftereffects of torture, making [his] health especially precarious. . . .”

“Unless America’s policy changes, at some point we’ll be doing some sort of end of life care here,” the commander of the detention center, Rear Adm. John C. Ring, said during a discussion with reporters that highlighted the kinds of questions the prison is asking Pentagon policymakers to decide.

Many of the prisoners at the top secret prison are reportedly prediabetic. Others “now suffer typical middle-age conditions: high blood pressure and cholesterol, joint pain, diabetes and, lately, sleep apnea.”

But the military is grappling with an array of questions about how much medical care the prisoners should receive, how it should be delivered and how much Congress will provide to pay for it.

“We are starting to see the use of canes and walkers and braces and so forth.”

One prisoner is due for a knee replacement, reportedly because of his first year of C.I.A. captivity, when he was always shackled at the ankles. Another inmate reportedly suffers from chronic rectal pain from being sodomized in the C.I.A. prisons.

Nine (9) inmates have died in the facility since 2006. There are now forty (40) left.