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A Desperate Situation at Guantánamo: Over 130 Prisoners on Hunger Strike, Dozens Being Force Fed

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http://www.democracynow.org - The U.S. military has acknowledged for the first time the number of prisoners on hunger strike at the military prison has topped 100. About a fifth of the hunger strikers are now being forced fed. Lawyers for the prisoners say more than 130 men are taking part in the hunger strike, which began in February. One of the hunger strikers is a Yemeni man named Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel. In a letter published in the New York Times, he wrote: \"Denying ourselves food and risking death every day is the choice we have made. I just hope that because of the pain we are suffering, the eyes of the world will once again look to Guantánamo before it is too late.\" We speak to attorney Carlos Warner who represents 11 prisoners at Guantánamo. He spoke to one of them on Friday. \"Unfortunately, they are held because the president has no political will to end Guantánamo,\" Warner says. \"The president has the authority to transfer individuals if he believes that it\'s in the interest of the United States. He doesn\'t have the political will to do so because 166 men in Guantánamo don\'t have much pull in the United States. But the average American on the street does not understand that half of these men, 86 of the men, are cleared for release.\"