Hunger Strikes and Forced Feeding Inside Guantanamo Bay

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Guantanamo Bay prisoners courtesy Wikipedia

Guantanamo Bay prisoners courtesy Wikipedia

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The Guardian has published a harrowing video. This video depicts what it’s like to be one of the over a hundred prisoners inside Guantanamo Bay on hunger strikes who are being forcibly fed to keep them alive. The rapper/actor Mos Def (who now goes by Yasiin Bey) agreed to have these tubes inserted down his nose, and have it be video-taped to publicize the experience of the Guantanamo prisoners. He describes the unbearable pain of this experience.

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  • Leo

    If they don’t want to eat, then, let them not eat. They want the world to see how they are suffering. I want the world to see how the Christians, Buddhists, Bahais, Hindus, and Jews of the the Middle East have been suffering for decades under Islamic law from paying jizya, to limited religious freedoms to outright murder and enslavement.

  • dear Leo, Unless you are holding people accountable for collective punishment, I hope you realize that the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for being released. And your characterization of life of non-Muslims is something out of the JihadWatch handbook. Educate yourself.

  • Marty

    Omid, Christian persecution has nothing to do with your hatred towards JihadWatch or Robert Spencer. The mistreatment of people simply because they are Christian is replete in the world today. There are Christian sites compiling the information for us from all around the world. Sadly most of the horrific accounts stem from Islamic republics or those countries that aspire to become so. There are of course other countries that persecute Christians as well and they tend to be Atheist.

  • “Marty”, whoever you are. Your attempts at misdirection are not going to work. This is not about JihadWatch or Spencer, but about the official policy of the United States of America inflicting forced feeding on citizens of many different countries even after they have been cleared to be released. That is the issueI am talking about here. Some of us realize that injustice happens everywhere around the world, and we see it as our moral responsibility to stand up against it. You make your own choices. Goodbye.

  • Leo

    Injustice has been happening with Islam since its founding in 624 when it unprovokedly entered Spain, and if it were not for Charles Martel we would all be on prayer rugs. Even the Buddhists cannot get along with Islam, and that is quite a statement.

    I repeat, if people chose to starve themselves to death for what they consider a greater good, that is, then, their privilege. To take away this right is wrong.

  • Leo, you have a strange reading of current events. You describe the Buddhist fundamentalist attack on Muslims in Myanmar, and the ethnic cleansing there, as “Even the Buddhists cannot get along with Islam.” What a sad, sad ethics you have where you blame the ethnic cleansing of a people on the ability of others to not get along with them.
    This blaming the victim mentality is morally bankrupt. I’m done with this here. Goodbye.

  • fbsyed

    i absolutely agree with you, Safi. U.S, the so-called guardian of human rights is itself a perpetrator of violation of those same rights. and the world needs to stand together to bring it to an end. it is not just in this case that the U.S. has broken international laws but also when it comes to drone attacks or the way they invade into other countries. if only all of us could be united against such heinous acts can a change come because the working of global platforms like UN is nothing but puppetry by U.S. and few other global giants.

  • sleepless

    May God give us Mercy.

  • Marty

    The second-in-command of a branch of Al Qaeda has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, according to the terrorist group.
    Said al-Shihri rose to become number two of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) following his 2007 release from Guantanamo Bay prison.
    Professor, To be force-fed is uncomfortable I imagine and I can see the grimace of the in-mate as he is about to eat against his will but what are we to do?
    So many of the released return to terrorism.
    I challenge you to find a nation that has the kind of democracy you imagine in your head. You are an idealist and as I read more of you I realise that you most often leave out ‘the other side of the story’. What are we going to do with you? We will tolerate you because we live in a secular society. I will love you because I am Christian.

  • well Marty guess what? In a nation of laws, when people are cleared, they are to be released. And it is our own government that has declared about a hundred of these prisoners free to be released.
    as for the fear of people committing acts of terrorism after being released, fortunately that is not how our legal system works. We don’t get to keep people imprisoned for fear of what they *might* commit in the future. If so, we wouldn’t release people from American prisons, since some 60% fall to prison recidivism.
    As to calling me an idealist, that won’t discourage me. Yes, I am a person with ideals of Divine love, of justice, of human rights, of democracy. And while I do love this country passionately enough to fight for her, I am persuaded that there are some countries (Scandinavian ones) that have more transparent functioning democracies than we do, measured in important criteria like education, healthcare, torture, etc.
    And lastly, there is no “we” that has to decide what to do with me. I, and the millions who share these commitments to peace and justice are already part of the “we.”

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