Carl Warner, an attorney defending 11 Guantanamo detainees, appeared in an interview with Russia Today and read a statement from one of his clients, Faiz al-Kandari, who remains detained despite having his charges dropped last year.
Kandari’s statement was the following:
“I scare myself when I look in the mirror. Let them kill us as we have nothing to lose. We died when Obama indefinitely detained us. Respect us or kill us. It is your choice. The US must take off its mask and kill us.”
Kandari, along with dozens of other Guantanamo detainees, is taking part in a hunger strike to protest his deprivation of legal due process. Warner said he had lost “more than 30 pounds less than a month ago,” his “cheeks were sunk in. He was exhausted, weak, he could not stand.”
“I do not want to see my clients die,” Warner added, “and the fact that they are in this condition is one of the most heart-wrenching things I have had to experience as a lawyer.”
The absolute worst part of all of this is not that these men, who are unjustly and indefinitely detained, are suffering from lack of nourishment. Rather, it is the deafening silence in the US media about their hunger strike. Such protests are intended to create pressure on the authorities to change cruel policies like indefinite detention without charge or trial. But if the media and the public don’t care, then there is no pressure, and hunger strikers simply die.