Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have ended a protest that involved smearing their own feces in the ventilation grates of their cells at the facility's maximum-security Camp 5, the Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg reports. Rosenberg first heard of the protest in June, and Army Col. Donnie Thomas explained that the revolting protest "ebbs and flows." A dozen detainees were on a hunger strike, a less gross and more traditional protest, but "I don't know if it's a tool that all the detainees believe in anymore," Thomas says.
Rule breakers get Spartan, SuperMax style conditions inside an 8-by-12-foot cell behind a steel door, with a slot big enough for troops to pass meals and books.During the protest, the convicts were held in the cellblock above the feces protestors, a particularly rank setting. Some lawyers complained that these captives were being subjected to collective punishment, if not unhealthy conditions.