Former MI6 officer on hunger strike over Guantanamo inmate
A former MI6 officer went on hunger strike today in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer, motivated by shame at his former employer.
Harry Ferguson began a week-long protest today, the latest prominent supporter to back a campaign as dozens of inmates continue a months-long hunger strike at a facility that the Obama administration promised to close.
Mr Aamer, 47, the last Briton at Guantanamo Bay, has been on hunger strike since March in protest at being kept at the prison for 11 years despite being cleared twice for the release by the US government.
“It is possible that I may die in here,” he said earlier this year through his lawyer. “I hope not, but if I do die, please tell my children that I loved them above all else, but that I had to stand up for the principle that they cannot just keep holding people without a trial, especially when they have been cleared for release.”
Mr Ferguson said he was motivated in part by shame having worked for an organisation which he said supported policies including torture and detention without trial.
“Guantanamo is causing more problems than it solves,” he said. “It’s aiding terrorism, it’s like having a recruiting office for terrorism. It makes no sense whatsoever to me.”
The Independent secured first-hand reports earlier this year about the hunger strike and detailed how 40 nurses were drafted into the facility to try to stem a mass suicide. Twice a day, the most weakened were taken into a room, strapped into a chair and force fed.
Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Pornhub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men