Life will be getting a little harder for detainees at Guantanamo Bay thanks to a new rule implemented by the U.S. military on Wednesday.
The new regulation will halt the ongoing practice of lawyers bringing in food for their inmate-clients during legal conferences, the Miami Herald reported.
The practice of lawyers bringing in food has been in place since 2005, according to the Herald. Fresh baked cookies, juice, Big Macs and pizza were just some of the goodies detainees had been chomping with their legal counsel.
The Navy abruptly put an end to the food sharing yesterday in “the best interest of health, sanitation, safety and force protection,” Navy Capt. Tom Gresback told the Herald.
(Considering first lady Michelle Obama’s obsession with controlling the diets of American school children, it’s really just surprising it took so long to get around to caloric intake for men accused of murdering civilians and American soldiers for the Islamist cause.)
Critics of the new rule argue lawyers have been using fast food and traditional Middle Eastern meals to build trust with their clients for nearly a decade.
“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,” attorney Alka Pradhan told the Herald.
(As an aside, any lawyer who calls the loss of fast food “tragic” – for anybody – has a strange sense of proportion.)
The practice of eating while meeting has become a tradition at Gitmo’s remote, Camp Echo, according to the Herald. One unidentified military officer said he spent an estimated $5,000 out of his pocket bringing meals from base-restaurants to his clients.
The ritual became so entrenched that by 2007 the prison had provided lawyers with a kitchen specifically for reheating and refrigerating purposes, the Herald reported.
Navy Capt. Tom Gresback, said the regulation will help streamline Gitmo’s procedures with federal prisons that don’t allow lawyers to bring in outside food. “A legal room is not designed to be a dining facility,” he said.
New York defense attorney, Shane Kadidal fought back saying, Gitmo is anything but a “normal prison.”
Feedback on Thursday’s “Fox & Friend’s” Facebook page where the story was featured was not sympathetic.
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