KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Two Afghans released from Guantanamo Bay claimed Wednesday about 180 Afghans at the U.S. detention facility were on a hunger strike to protest alleged mistreatment and to push for freedom.
Habir Russol and Moheb Ullah Borekzai, who said they left the prison camp on Cuba on Monday and were flown to Afghanistan before being freed, said they did not participate in the hunger strike. They did not say how they knew others were refusing to eat.
Yet the AP is pushing this story out there like it could actually be the truth instead of trying to verify any of it. They’re relying on two men who were probably angry about being detained, and thus would likely spread a rumor to fan the left’s fire to criticize Guantanamo officers. I can only hope that it doesn’t generate the kinds of attacks that seemed to transpire after the publication of the blatantly untrue Quran abuse story. But then undermining is what the left has always done, so obviously you shouldn’t be surprised when you read something like this. The reports of a hunger strike just may be true, but don’t think for a moment that I’m going to have sympathy about how suspected Taliban are being “mistreated.”