Wednesday, October 04, 2006

U.S. continues to torture Gitmo detainees them a lot of food

Someone call the ACLU and Amnesty International, and get Dick Durbin on the phone while you're at it! Those poor misunderstood detainees at Club Gitmo are suffering their cruelest ordeal yet: they're being supersized! From the AP:
A high-calorie diet combined with life in the cell block — almost around the clock in some cases — is making detainees at Guantanamo Bay fat.

Meals totaling a whopping 4,200 calories per day are brought to their cells, well above the 2,000 to 3,000 calories recommended for weight maintenance by U.S. government dietary guidelines. And some inmates are eating everything on the menu.

One detainee has almost doubled in weight, to 410 pounds, said Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand, spokesman for the detention facilities at Guantanamo, a U.S. Navy station in southeast Cuba.

Human rights groups attribute the weight gain to lack of exercise. They cite accounts of released detainees who complained they were allowed to exercise fewer than three times a week outside their small cells.

But Durand said detainees are simply served a wide variety of food and are expected to choose what appeals to them.

"The detainees are advised that they are offered more food than necessary, to provide choice and variety, and that consuming all the food they are offered will result in weight gain," he said.
Surely this is a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions, right? I mean, we're slowly yet surely clogging their arteries with cholesterol- and fat-laden foods, tempting their palates with sugary goodness, and steadily whacking minutes off of their lives. Just how in the hell is Hassan the Headchopper supposed to work out a deal with his taxpayer-funded lawyer in order to quickly get back to his infidel-slaying homeland if he's undergoing "slow death by falafel"? Where's the outrage?? Where's their subsidized Bowflex...20 minutes a day, 3 days a week, to get the body of your dreams? Sorry...that damned infomercial is stuck in my head!

For those of you on the left, the above was sarcasm.