An attorney for a United States Navy nurse facing potentially severe repercussions for refusing to force-feed a Guantanamo Bay prisoner has indicated that the nurse, who has served nearly 18 years in the Navy, may be discharged. He is one of the only known conscientious objectors to force-feeding of prisoners.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 20, 2014 11:17 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:59 pm|
Attorneys for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has pursued a lawsuit against the United States government’s forced-feeding of prisoners, have asserted a federal court has all the authority it needs to release videos of Dhiab being force-fed and forcibly removed from his cell. The attorneys maintain the government is “seeking secrecy to prevent accountability, not to protect national security.”
Judge Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court in the District of Columbia ordered the disclosure of videos to the press on October 3.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 3, 2014 3:30 pm|
A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal twenty-eight previously classified videos of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his cell for forced-feedings.
Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian prisoner, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002. He was cleared for release in 2009 by President Barack Obama’s own review task force. He remains in indefinite detention and has protested his confinement by engaging in a hunger strike. The government has worked to break this protest by subjecting him to regular forced-feeding.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:00 am|
The first and only officer on the medical staff at Guantanamo Bay to conscientiously object to force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike has reportedly had his assignment ended. He has been sent back to Naval Health Clinic New England, his “parent command,” while an investigation is completed, which may result in discipline or a court-martial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 17, 2014 10:30 am|
Hundreds of videos of force-feedings of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been ordered to be preserved by a United States district court judge. The judge has also ordered, for the first time, that the government halt the force-feeding of a prisoner temporarily.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 14, 2014 2:32 pm|
California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable.
There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday January 11, 2014 11:00 am|
The United States transferred the first prisoners to a US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, twelve years ago today.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm|
It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday November 7, 2013 8:15 pm|
Today marks Nadya’s 24th birthday.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday September 23, 2013 6:30 pm|
The women of Pussy Riot have repeatedly made their intentions clear– as artists, they view “changing the world” as an extension of their jobs. Their actions, including this current hunger strike, confirm that they’re not fucking around. This isn’t a political endorsement or an appearance in a PSA – they’re intent on uprooting the system that they’re up against.