No More Fast Food for Gitmo Inmates, Military Says
A new rule enacted by the U.S. military means Guantanamo Bay detainees can no longer have fast food or other treats during meetings with their attorneys.
The new rule, which went into effect yesterday, forbids any kind of food from being brought in by lawyers.
The Navy said the change is being made “in the best interest of health, sanitation, safety and force protection.”
Attorneys, however, argued against the new rule, saying that it's an important tool that they use to connect with their clients.
Some have brought their clients traditional Middle Eastern or Afghan meals in an attempt to build trust.
Food is not allowed during legal meetings in U.S. federal prisons.
The Miami Herald reported:
“It's actually quite tragic for the clients. Sometimes the food we bring is the only thing from the outside world they’ve seen in months, and they really look forward to it,” said attorney Alka Pradhan, who has brought to meetings, after military inspection, everything from Egg McMuffins and traditional Middle East sweets to fresh fruit and granola bars.
One former military lawyer estimates that he spent $5,000 out of his pocket bringing meals from base restaurants — McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, the Irish Pub — to meetings with Khadr. The “child soldier,” who was captured at 15 and brought to Guantánamo at 16, pleaded guilty to hurling a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan — in exchange for being returned to Canada at age 26.