Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Can't You Just Feel the Hope-Change?

Al Jazeera reports:

A Yemeni detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has died in an "apparent suicide," US military officials say.

Guards found 31-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Saleh unresponsive and not breathing in his cell Monday night, the military said.

"Medical personnel were immediately summoned by the guard force. After extensive lifesaving measures had been exhausted, the detainee was pronounced dead by a physician," the US military said in a statement on Tuesday.

Saleh is the fifth detainee held at the Guantanamo detention centre to commit suicide.

The Yemeni prisoner, known as al-Hanashi, had been held without charge at the camp since February 2002.

Saleh had travelled Afghanistan in 2001 and joined the Taliban, according to declassified US military documents.

But he later said he was to forced to fight by the group and denied any link to al-Qaeda, the documents say.

So while the Democrats dick around and can't give up the medieval notion of holding people indefinitely without trial, something that even Obama horrifyingly has endorsed, prisoners are giving up on life and just dying.

What a terrifying government we have sometimes.