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  • Student Waterboarded on Campus As Protest Against Guantanamo Bay

    8/30/2013 5:00:44 PM Posted by Hillary Cherry


    By: Hillary Cherry, Program Officer of Public Relations

    Two students from Ball State University, Matthew Smith and Caleb Hoagland, participated in a protest to shut down Guantanamo Bay. During the protest Smith dressed in a military uniform and proceeded to waterboard Hoagland, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

    The two political science seniors are members of the Ball State Students For Creative Social Action and Amnesty. In addition to the protest, the group collected signatures at the protest to promote the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014.

    "We wanted to do a silent protest because we really wanted to represent the voicelessness of the people who are detained down in Guantanamo," Smith said.

    Matthew Smith clearly does not realize the reason people that are detained in Guantanamo Bay are terrorists. Guantanamo Bay uses interrogation techniques to gain information on future terrorist attacks to protect the American people.

    Smith and Hoagland should be thankful to our soldiers stationed at Guantanamo for protecting their first amendment rights to stage this protest.



    Here are pictures from the event provided by The Daily: 






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    • if you really cared and wanted to protest, you would do what those GTMO terrorists do and decapitated yourself. please consider it? thank you, everyone
      Posted by Phillip on 09/05/2013
    • So, it's "torture" but you can do it to someone in the middle of the street without being arrested?
      Posted by Jose on 09/06/2013
    • So "Matthew Smith" is a girl? Sure looks like it.
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    • You are an inhumane moron who clearly has not read up on any facts before writing this article. Yes, some of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay did in fact engage in terrorism, but a significant MAJORITY are innocent people who have had their God-given human rights stripped away from them. One innocent detainee has been detained for over 5 years, separated from his wife and children, without any public trial. It has been mutually agreed upon by all officers at Guantanamo that he is in fact innocent, and he has been cleared for release on paper. But he remains chained up in Guantanamo year after year. And no, I am not gathering this information from crazy liberal biased blog posts. There are ACTUAL reports from U.S. officials in Guantanamo. Do your research, or ask anyone who hasn't lived in a cave for the past 10 years.
      Posted by Bryan Walker on 10/04/2013
    • Matthew and Caleb, the students who led the demonstration, are true American heroes. Real Americans stand for justice, and there is no justice, or even logic, with what is happening in Guantanamo Bay. Innocent prisoners are left there to die years after being cleared innocent by military personnel stationed there. Is this disaster protecting the American people, or reflecting honorable American values? There is nothing American about blind and unwavering support for an unorganized and unethical governmental operation that you know so little about. Clearly, it is Matthew and Caleb, not the author of this blog post, that truly understand what it is that Americans believe in and stand for.
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