Not so strange in the strange world we find ourselves living in. “Stop force-feeding inmates, doctors tell US” from the UK Independent:
The United States authorities are facing demands by doctors from around the world to abandon the barbaric method of force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay.
More than 250 medical experts are launching a protest today against the practice – which involves strapping inmates to “restraint chairs” and pushing tubes into the stomach through the nose. They say it breaches the right of prisoners to refuse treatment.
Oh please. I heard Lt. Colonel Gordon Cucullu tell how the prisoners at Camp Gitmo get to choose what flavor Ensure they want pumped. You mean they would really have to go hungry while on a hunger srtike? What kind of barbarians are You?
The United Nations has demanded the immediate closure of the US detention camp in Cuba after concluding that treatment such as force-feeding and prolonged solitary confinement could amount to torture.
Doctors from seven countries, including the best-selling author Oliver Sacks, call for disciplinary action against their US counterparts who force-feed detainees. About 80 prisoners are understood to be refusing food, including a UK resident, Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national who is married to a British woman and has four children.
Since August they have been routinely force-fed, an excruciatingly painful practice that causes bleeding and nausea. The doctors say: “Fundamental to doctors’ responsibilities in attending a hunger striker is the recognition that prisoners have a right to refuse treatment.
“The UK Government has respected this right even under very difficult circumstances and allowed Irish hunger strikers to die. Physicians do not have to agree with the prisoner, but they must respect their informed decision.” The World Medical Association has prohibited force-feeding and the American Medical Association backed the WMA’s declaration.