A recent visit to Guantanamo Bay did not persuade Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, that the prison needs to close or that the detainees’ hunger strike is a crisis. “It is not a crisis mode,” he said last weekend on MSNBC. “We have prisoners down there that have chosen not to consume calories, have chosen not to take protein. We now have an obligation to try to take care of them.… The last thing to say about these folks who are assertedly hunger strikers is that they look to me like a lot of them have put on weight.” Pompeo also warned against releasing the 166 remaining detainees, saying “25 percent of the folks that have been released today have returned to the battlefield to wreak havoc against American interests to continue to battle for Islamic jihad.” In a recent speech, President Obama renewed his promise to close the prison, as he said he’d lift a ban on detainee transfers to Yemen.
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