Friday, July 5, 2013

Force-Feeding at Guantanamo is a Form of Torture


Despite Obama's pledge to close down the grotesque prison at Guantanamo Bay, it remains open and continues its rein of abuse and torture. Aljazeera has reported about a classified document detailing instances of prisoner abuse and force-feeding during the detainees' hunger strike, which even the U.S. government has in the past called a form of torture.

The article say in part,

Leonard Rubenstein, a lawyer at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, who reviewed the SOP document for Al Jazeera, said the revised guidelines were troubling because they prohibit doctors and nurses from acting independently and make clear that they are simply "adjuncts of the security apparatus".
Indeed, the SOP says that in order to effectively manage hunger strikers, a "close partnership" must exist between the Joint Medical Staff and the Joint Detention Group security force. Rubenstein characterised such a srelationship as "Orwellian".
"It is a very frightening idea that the medical staff is an adjunct of the security force," Rubenstein said. "The clinical judgment of a doctor or a nurse is basically trumped by this policy and protocol. Doctors are not acting with the kind of professional medical independence [they should]. It's clear that, notwithstanding references to preservation of detainee health in the policy, the first interest is in ending the protests."

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