‘Gitmo blackens US human rights record’

The Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has blackened the already-dark history of human rights atrocities committed by the US government, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“These illegal activities of incarcerating and torturing is just something that is a huge black eye on the human rights for the United States, and it has really gone downhill in the past 20 years,” said former intelligence linguist Scott Rickard on Thursday.

The expert said the notorious prison would continue to keep detainees despite US President Barack Obama’s “promise to close these things.”

On April 30, Obama promised once again to close the prison, currently housing 166 detainees, most of which have been cleared for release or were never charged.

In fact, the United States has been engaged in a perpetual, covert war on terror “for a couple of decades or more… and they claim that they can keep these people [in prison] because the war has not ended,” the Rickard said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has urged the Obama administration to mend the situation in Guantanamo, which has compelled at least 130 prisoners to starve themselves.

This is while the United Nations human rights office condemned the force-feeding of the hunger strikers, saying it amounts to torture and violates international law.

Referring to the US president’s failed policies, Rickard said “Obama is yet another puppet” to the prison and “the banking folks that really run the show in the United States.”

The US government has a long history of colonialism and imperialism, committing acts of terror including those during the campaigns in “Syria and Libya… the Vietnam War… and the American Indian [genocide],” Rickard concluded.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV