Friday, May 19, 2006

Too bad we're so inhumane

Guantanamo Prison Guards, Inmates Clash

Prisoners wielding improvised weapons clashed with guards trying to stop a detainee from committing suicide at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the military said Friday.

The fight occurred Thursday in a medium-security section of the camp as guards were responding to the fourth attempted suicide that day at the detention center on the U.S. Navy base, said Cmdr. Robert Durand.

Detainees used fans, light fixtures and other improvised weapons to attack the guards as they entered a communal living area to stop a prisoner who was trying to hang himself, Durand said.

Earlier in the day, three detainees in another part of the prison attempted suicide by swallowing prescription medicine they had been hoarding.

The detainees who took part in the clash with guards were moved to higher-security sections.

Those who attempted suicide received medical treatment, the military said. Their names were not released.

The incidents occurred on the same day the military transferred 15 Saudi detainees to their country, leaving about 460 detainees at Guantanamo.

There have been 39 suicide attempts at Guantanamo since the prison opened in January 2002, the military said. At least 12 were by Juma'a Mohammed al-Dossary, a 32-year-old from Bahrain.

Guantanamo Bay holds detainees suspected of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban.