The United States government has been holding a number of Chinese ethnic minorities call Uyghurs at the notorious US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Conditions are so brutal that cell extraction teams routinely rush into cells at full speed with shields and gouge beneath the ears, in the eyes, and on the throat of helpless prisoners as well as brutally squeeze the testicles for the smallest of infractions, like having two tiny milk cartons instead of one. Hunger strikers must endure twice a day, forced feeding through 24 inch tubes inserted up the nostrils and into the throat and stomach of restrained prisoners. It has been reported that some prisoners at Guantanmao Bay are only 124 pounds in weight.

The Uyghur ethnic minorities have been found to be innocent by US authorities, yet the government refuses to release them and is considering transfering them to the small Pacific Island nation of Palau. This week in formal talk reminiscent of George W. Bush, President Obama used these innocent minorities he is tormenting as brunt of a joke.

Here are a couple of paragraphs from yesterday’s Democracy Now! show:

AMY GOODMAN: Well, after a hundred countries refused, Bermuda and the Pacific island nation of Palau have both accepted a group of Uyghur prisoners who had been held at Guantanamo for seven years even though US officials admitted they were wrongly detained.
This weekend, while the Bermudan prime minister survived a no-confidence vote over secretly agreeing to accept some of the prisoners, President Obama made light of the situation of the Uyghurs at his speech at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Nick at Nite has a new take on an old classic: Leave It to Uyghurs. I thought that was pretty good.

AMY GOODMAN: President Obama also joked about the refusal of other countries to resettle prisoners at Guantanamo.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As I have traveled to all these countries, I saw firsthand how much people truly have in common with one another, because no matter where I went there is one thing I heard over and over again from every world leader: “No thanks, but have you considered Palau?”

JUAN GONZALEZ: The Obama administration has said that some of those detainees who are not immediately cleared for release could face trial in the United States. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Attorney General Eric Holder told Republican Senator Lindsey Graham that he expects no more than a quarter of the remaining 229 prisoners would stand trial.
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/6/23/judge_orders_release_of_guantanamo_prisoner

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