The U.S. government has taken another step toward showing its great concern about the well-being and comfort of Guantanamo's 166 detainees by ending searches of their genitals,--granted, only because it is being required to. On Thursday, Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, ordered the genital searches to stop. The comes only days after the military decided that, out of respect for the detainees' religious faith and individual convictions, during Ramadan it would force-feed 45 hunger strikers only before dawn and after sunset. It seems life continues to improve for the men held at Gitmo, where fewer than two-thirds of them are on hunger strike, seeking to escape indefinite detention without trial through suicide.
It appears the genital searches were rather extensive: "The detainees had complained that guards had recently begun touching and holding detainees' genital and anal areas during searches," the Associated Press' Frederic J. Frommer reports. The genital searches began when detainees had to meet with their lawyers in a location outside the prison. Judge Lamberth ordered ruled that guards can only grab a detainee's waistband and shake his pants to see if there's something hidden.