Innocent Guantánamo Prisoner: “I Wish I Was Dead”

UPDATE, 8 June 2015:

Two years ago, innocent Guantánamo prisoner and British resident Shaker Aamer told a journalist “Honestly, I wish I was dead.”

Finally, almost exactly two years after Aamer made this chilling remark, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has urged President Obama to release him. During talks at the G7 summit, Cameron pressured Obama, insisting “We are very clear we need to find a resolution to the case of Shaker Aamer.” Aamer is the last British resident detained in Gitmo.

ORIGINAL, 27 June 2013:

The Obama administration is “doing everything they can” to break the hunger strike of Guantánamo detainees, an inmate says—except, you know, ending the internationally illegal imprisonment without trial that is causing it.

Innocent Guantánamo prisoner and British resident Shaker Aamer, who has been imprisoned and tortured for 11 years without trial, told a journalist the “administration is getting ever more angry and doing everything they can to break our hunger strike. Honestly, I wish I was dead.

Democracy Now reports

A Guantánamo prisoner says the Obama administraton has become increasingly brutal in its attempts to break a hunger strike by more than 100 of Guantánamo’s 166 prisoners. Shaker Aamer, a British resident who has been cleared for release from Guantánamo twice in the past six years, told the head of the legal charity Reprieve prison authorities are making cells “freezing cold” and employing metal-tipped feeding tubes that cause prisoners to vomit during twice-daily force-feedings.

In the interview, obtained by The Observer newspaper, Aamer said one prisoner had a tube pushed into his lungs instead of his stomach, causing him to cough blood. He said: “The administration is getting ever more angry and doing everything they can to break our hunger strike. Honestly, I wish I was dead.”

Aamer has spent more than 11 years without trial inside Guantánamo.

This is clearly the progressive “change” Obama promised!