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Opinion

JAMES CARROLL

It’s your turn

American public must demand closure of Guantanamo facility

In a column a month ago, I argued that the American public is fully responsible for the shameful actions of its government at Guantanamo Bay. Prisoners who have already been cleared, or have never been charged, are being held illegally and indefinitely at the detention facility — all because Americans are letting the nation’s elected leaders betray the Constitution.

With no other options, prisoners at Guantanamo have resorted to a hunger strike, which has now spread to more than a hundred out of the 166 prisoners being held. This moral crisis has reached an ugly climax, now that at least 21 are being force-fed. Dozens of new medical personnel — Navy nurses and medics — recently arrived at the prison to deal with the increasingly endangered inmates.

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