Guantanamo Bay Naval Base shut down its wireless connection to bar prisoners from accessing the Internet. Inmates are also denied access to their social networking accounts on Twitter and Facebook, after Anonymous made public its plans to â€œshut down Guantanamoâ€ to mark the 100th day of inmatesâ€™ hunger strike.
Army Lt. Col. Samuel House told Associated Press â€œthe precautions were taken because of online threats to disrupt activities at the base allegedly made by the international hacking group Anonymous. No disruptions have been reported so far.â€
The hacktivist group took great interest in recent hunger strikes at Guantanamo and decided to help the inmatesâ€™ cause by “raising awareness in social media of the human rights violations going on atÂ Guantanamo, the indefinite detention of prisoners, many of whom have been cleared for release years ago.”
According to the military sources, 103 of the 166 inmates were on a hunger strike that went on for 100 days. Some of the protesters are force fed which is against the United States human rights.
Anonymous urged computer users worldwide to protest the prisonâ€™s conditions with â€œtwitter storms, email bombs, and fax bombs.â€
Cutting the Wi-Fi Internet network of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is a precautionary solution since no attack against the base has been registered to date. The Net connection will, however, remain down indefinitely.