While we deal in the “glories” of the NSA/Prism matter and the usual cast of suspects reaffirm their asshattery, some other shames reappear:

A group of senior American doctors has called on military physicians at Guantánamo Bay to refuse to work in a mass force-feeding programme that is being used to keep hunger-striking detainees alive.

Writing in the prestigious and influential New England Journal of Medicine, the three doctors called Guantánamo “a medical ethics free zone” and said that medical staff had a moral duty to allow the prisoners to go on hunger strike without coercing them into treatment. They also called on doctors to refuse to take part in force-feeding.

166 of the inmates at Guantanamo, uncharged yet a decade on also unreleased, have been force-fed for several months.

What a glorious tribute to the “Land of the Free” in its modern iteration, quite Antebellum of us.