Meanwhile the media is focused on the treatment of the detainees
Prison guards here at the Guantanamo Bay prison are attacked on a “daily basis” by detainees, according to Commander John Filostat, a prison spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo.
There are “daily attacks against the guard both verbal and physical,” such as scratching and other assaults, Filostat told reporters on Tuesday. “Guards endure that on a daily basis.”
Detainees also engage in “splashing,” which is when a “bodily fluid cocktail” is tossed at guards, who now wear protective wear and facemasks when dealing with high value prisoners being held at Camp 5 and Camp 6, according to Filostat.
“There’s some type of resistance every day,” Filostat said, noting that a “small number” of detainees are still being force fed due to hunger strikes.
“We will always have those trying protest,” Filostat said.
One guard and his family were physically threatened by a detainee who had obtained a copy of a media report that featured the guard’s name and photograph, Filostat said.
“Personal information” about the guard was used “against him as a threat by a detainee” who had read the report, he said.
“A lot of these detainees are still in the fight,” Filostat said. The guards are “in constant contact with folks who want to do harm to them.”
“There are detainees that also tell guards if they get out they’re going to find them,” Filostat added, acknowledging inmate threats to “guards and their families.”
Those inmates deemed “non-compliant” are housed in single cells within Camp 5, while those identified as less of a threat are kept in Camp 6, which is a more communal environment.