A hunger strike is spreading at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The main reason, as the military has acknowledged, is the growing sense of frustration and despair among the detainees. As Gen. John Kelly, the head of U.S. Southern Command, explained to the House Armed Services Committee recently, detainees "had great optimism that Guantanamo would be closed. They were devastated ... when the president backed off. ... He said nothing about it in his inauguration speech. ... He said nothing about it in his State of the Union speech. ... He's not restaffing the office that ... looks at closing the facility."
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