The U.S. military filmed troops searching captives’ Qurans inside Guantánamo’s prison building for cooperative captives — an episode blamed for sparking the prison’s long-running hunger strike, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The prison’s chief of staff, Navy Capt. John A. Schommer, confirmed that a single video record exists at the remote detention center in southeast Cuba, according to a July 15 response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Miami Herald last year while more than 100 prisoners were on the hunger strike, 36 of them being force-fed.
At the time, attorneys for some of the detainees claimed that new U.S. Army guards sparked the hunger strike by desecrating Islam’s holy book in a shakedown of the captives’ belongings — a claim the prison repeatedly denied.
UPDATE: This items has been revise to correct the spelling of the surname of the prison's chief of staff.