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Gitmo Inmates being Americanized

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Two choices offered to detainees are the “Giant Plate of Donuts” and the “Schwan's Ice Cream Sandwich Cake”

(SNN Havana) A high calorie diet at Guantanamo Bay is making detainees fat.

Inmates are confined to their cells with little chance of exercise and given meals topping 4200 calories. This has made one detainee balloon to 410 pounds. By the rules of the Geneva convention, we are not even allowed to show his picture.

Human rights experts cite accounts of released detainees who complained they were allowed to exercise fewer than three times a week, or two times more than the average American. By forcing the detainees to be confined in a small space with no excercise, they are being treated as badly as telemarketers.

A spokesman for the detention facilities, Cmdr. Robert Durand says detainees are simply served a wide variety. “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.”

The weight gain issues go so far that even two detainees who have been on a hunger strike for more than a year are at "100 percent ideal body weight," Durand said.

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