U.S. Military Police conducted early morning raids on the communal detention area at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, battling al-Qaeda detainees, the Associated Press reports via the Arizona Daily Star. In an effort to quell passions, military personnel fired “less-than-lethal-rounds” at rioting prisoners.
Culled from among the worst of the worst, the detainees attacked guards when the communal section, officially designated as Camp 6, was about to be closed and the prisoners were to be moved into single cells. With inmates covering up security surveillance cameras and windows, the military command deemed shutting down Camp 6 prudent to maintaining order and discipline.
There has also been rising tension due to a handful of prisoners staging a hunger strike to protest “their indefinite confinement and conditions at the U.S. base.”
A military spokesman stated that four bean-bag-style shotgun projectiles were fired by guards at the rioters, causing minor injuries to one. The guards were attacked with makeshift weapons, described by the AP only as weaponry “that included broomsticks.”
Despite a 2007 Barack Obama campaign promise to close the detention facility, it remains open to this day.
Camp 6 is the section of the facility designated to housing prisoners who follow the camp’s painfully simple rules. In exchange these inmates have been granted permission to share communal meals and attend communal worship, have nearly round-the-clock recreation time as well as access to satellite TV, computer games, and various classes.
Despite a $10 trillion cut to the U.S. Armed Forces, the Obama Administration recently spent $750,000 on a new soccer field to further placate the prisoners.
Camp 6 previously “held a majority of the 166 prisoners at the base before the hunger strike began, but the military said the number was down to fewer than 70 on Saturday,” presumably due to inmates choosing to ignore the camp rules.
Not the Kind of ‘Snickers’ You’d Want to Snack on…
As previously reported by NBC News, guards have been attacked “hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils and radio parts into makeshift weapons.”
Incident reports state that Military Police guards are routinely head-butted and spit on by prisoners.
Our troops have also been repeatedly assaulted by prisoners with a concoction of “feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners known as ‘cocktails'” or sometimes refered to as “Snickering.”