Prisoners held without cause

To the editor:

In early April the Boston Globe had an article by one of our favorite columnists, Mr. James Carroll, with the headline “Guantanamo is America’s moral failure.” It deals with the prisoners’ hunger strike two months ago: “Lawyers for the prisoners say that a majority of the more than 160 men being held are refusing food. Eleven are being force-fed.”

“For prisoners held in Guantanamo-Cuba there is no habeas corpus, no due process; no speedy trial; no being charged even with a crime. More than half of those held have already been cleared by review boards, which found them to be no threat to the United States. Yet not even they have been released and repatriated.”

As Mr. Carroll points out, getting attention with the hunger strike is just the point that the prisoners are appealing to the conscience of their oppressors.

A recent article in the New York Times (April 15) by an innocent inmate in Guantanamo describes his painful ordeal of being force fed, when a feeding tube was passed up into his nose.

Closing his story of their sufferings, he hopes that “the eyes of the world will once again look to Guantanamo before it is too late.”

Karin Van Strien


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