By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti CNN
The term enemy combatant has become a familiar one since 9/11, after it was used for detainees who were sent to Guantanamo Bay.
Dozens of prisoners at that detention camp are currently on their tenth week of a hunger strike.
American authorities there say that 84 – half of the prisoners – are not eating.
Carlos Warner, a public defender who represents 11 of the detainees, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that multiple sources tell him that the number is actually 130 of the 166 prisoners; he is afraid many of them will die soon.
“And let's remember, 86 of these men have been cleared for release,” Warner told Amanpour. “They've been accused of nothing. They are not only innocent, but the government has agreed they're not dangerous to release.”
Two detainees have attempted suicide by hanging themselves, Guantanamo spokesman Capt. Robert Durand told CBS News.
Yemeni prisoner Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel wrote an op-ed in The New York Time under the headline “Gitmo Is Killing Me.”
The prisoner, who has been there for 11 years, claims he has done nothing wrong and describes being force-fed while on hunger strike.
"They're shoving a tube down their noses and force-feeding them with Ensure,” Warner said. “I believe that the majority of the camp is being fed this way.”
Warner, who described himself as a liberal who supported President Obama, is disappointed that Obama has completely ignored Guantanamo.
He rejected Obama’s assertion that blame rests on Congressional Republicans for the current state of affairs at Guantanamo.
“There's not one person in this administration that I can call and say I need to talk somebody in the White House about the hunger strike,” Warner previously told Amanpour.
The military has mishandled the situation, as well, Warner said, citing details of a recent raid officials carried out in order to move the detainees into individual cells. Warner said this probably just exacerbated the already fragile situation.
“It's not [the military’s] fault. This is President Obama's fault. However, the military's doing all the wrong things,” Warner said of the military rejecting his offer to help deescalate the situation. “I'm imploring the military to use us, the people that know these men, to come down and negotiate a solution. We can do it. And we need the president's support, frankly. The president needs to intervene here and end this strike for the good of humanity.”