The Cuba-based prison for terrorism suspects has very limited medical options, The New York Times has discovered. As prisoners held there for decades continue to age, the US military is going to need such in large quantities.
Guantanamo Bay, the notorious US prison for terrorism suspects, where people are sometimes held for decades without conviction, may soon need a major refurbishment in order to accommodate hospice facilities for ageing inmates, says a report by The New York Times.
“Unless America’s policy changes, at some point we’ll be doing some sort of end of life care here,” the commander of the detention centre, Rear Admiral John C. Ring told reporters.
After the start of The US War on Terror, American military and intelligence have tucked terrorism suspects away in Guantanamo, established on Cuba in 2002. Many of the detainees have already started suffering typical middle-age health conditions: high blood pressure and cholesterol, joint pain, diabetes and sleep apnoea.
According to prisoners’ defence attorneys, some of the ailments the military attributes to aging, are actually the result of CIA torture.
Since the Trump administration made a decision to keep the detention facility open through 2043, the oldest prisoner at that time will be 96 — that is, if he lives that long.
For now, the military says, no prisoner has cancer or dementia and any inmates using wheelchairs can get in and…