Prisoners held by the United States at the Navy prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spray U.S. military guards with various bodily fluids. So said US Marine Corps General John Kelly during a March 12 press briefing at the Pentagon. “They [the detainees] concoct a cocktail. Usually its feces, urine, sperm, vomit… When the guard comes to, say, take their trash… they will splash them,” Kelly said. He continued, “Another form is simply if they can assault the guards physically, they will do that.”
"We sometimes will have a detainee be very, very cooperative for a long time, and the first opportunity he gets, knees someone in the groin or try to scratch an eye out,” Gen. Kelly added. Currently, Guantanamo Bay harbors approximately 150 detainees, according to Human Rights Watch. Despite an executive order by President Obama in 2009 to close the prison, it is still operating. It was opened in 2002 to hold terrorists captured by U.S. forces in anti-terrorist operations, especially in Afghanistan. It has since been the subject of harsh criticism by human rights groups, various governments and the media. Health workers, inspectors and former detainees have described the conditions at the facility as cruel and inhumane. In addition, reportedly about 18 percent of detainees released from the prison re-engage in terrorism against the U,S. and the West.
Gen. Kelly advocated keeping the U.S. military operations at Guantanamo, which is leased from the government of Cuba. He cited its usefulness as a staging area for processing mass migrations, as was the case of an expected exodus by Haitians in 2010.