The World Medical Association states, “Forcible feeding is never ethically acceptable. Even if intended to benefit, feeding accompanied by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment. Equally unacceptable is the forced feeding of some detainees in order to intimidate or coerce other hunger strikers to stop fasting.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday May 10, 2013 4:40 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 15, 2013 10:45 am|
“Today, even George Orwell would have been pressed to conceive the plight of the 86: cleared for release, but denied freedom, using a hunger strike as their last weapon, only to be kept alive by the very people who will not let them go.” —Rupert Cornwell, The Independent
Over the weekend, US forces raided a part of the Guantanamo Bay prison and moved some of the prisoners from communal areas to “single-cells.” The Pentagon reported the action was in response to “efforts by detainees to limit the guard force’s ability to observe the detainees by covering surveillance cameras, windows, and glass partitions.”
The Pentagon also stated, according to coverage by Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, “Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons and, in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired.” Army Col. Gregory Julian at US Southern Command, “which has oversight of the prison camps operation,” apparently claimed that captives had “resisted the assault with broom and mop handles as well as plastic water bottles that had been wrapped and modified into clubs.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday August 16, 2011 6:30 am|
A few weeks ago, Truthout published an article that examined a number of instances of water torture, including evidence of near-drowning, on prisoners held by the Department of Defense. A second article, with further documentation, including cases other cases of submersion in water and also extreme forms of “water dousing,” will be coming out soon. But not everything can be squeezed into even two articles.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday August 6, 2011 7:30 am|
The British press is reporting that ten major human rights and anti-torture organizations have announced they will not be cooperating or participating in the United Kingdom Torture Inquiry, headed by Sir Peter Gibson. The organizations, who sent a letter on August 3 to Sara Carnegie, Solicitor to the Detainee Inquiry, cited a lack of transparency and credibility in the proposed investigation, noting, “Plainly an Inquiry conducted in the way that you describe and in accordance with the Protocol would not comply with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday June 14, 2011 6:24 pm|
The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed an appeal for the families of two of the three men who died in mysterious circumstances in June 2006. The U.S. government called it “asymmetrical warfare” by the detainees, who are said to have killed themselves in some belief that would hurt the U.S. government. As bizarre as that theory is, Defense Department investigations found the men committed suicide in a multiple, timed series of three planned suicides.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday May 1, 2011 6:00 pm|
The WikiLeaks Guantanamo Files database has some significant omissions, not least the misidentification of detainee 990 as someone else. Detainee 990 was really Abdurahman Khadr and a CIA asset sent to Guantanamo to spy on his brother Omar Khadr and other prisoners. Another missing file concerns former U.S. citizen Yaser Hamdi, whose case was famously taken all the way to the Supreme Court.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday April 8, 2011 1:56 pm|
According to information at the Reprieve web site, “Chadian citizen, Mohammed el Gharani was the youngest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, arrested when he was just 14. In January 2009, a federal judge ordered his release and he was returned to Chad in June 2009.”
After his release, Gharani told the Miami Herald that after Barack Obama became president, his treatment did not get any better, including being beaten by a rubber baton and tear-gassed. During the years of his detention, he was subjected to solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, stress positions, and suspension from his wrists at least 30 times.
|By: bmaz Tuesday October 5, 2010 12:35 pm|
First Gitmo Habeas Case Makes Way To SCOTUS; it will be an important bellwether to see if the Court accepts cert and, if so, what they do with the case.
|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday August 4, 2010 5:35 pm|
The Obama administration had been cleared to effect the deportation of cleared Guantanamo prisoner Abdul Aziz Naji by no less than the Supreme Court, who rejected a lower court order blocking the action. What hasn’t been reported thus far is the role of Congress, who was mandated to have advance notice of the transfer. Meanwhile, in Algeria, Naji told the press about torture and the drugging of prisoners at Guantanamo.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday July 29, 2010 8:01 am|
The full text of Omar Khadr’s letter to his attorney from Guantanamo, with commentary. “Dennis you always say that I have an obligation to show the world what is going on down here and it seems that we’ve done every thing but the world doesn’t get it….”