A reader asks a “simple question”: Is it more humane to let the detainees starve to death? Obviously, in a perfect world, the situation would resolve itself, GTMO would close, and we would all live happily ever after. Sadly, we don’t live in that world. We live in a much more complicated world where there … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding? Ctd
Brian Kellett, a paramedic who in “most cases [is] completely against force-feeding,” nevertheless deems the Mos Def video “propaganda”: I have placed more NG tubes than I can remember and I have never seen a reaction as strong as that shown in the first video. It certainly isn’t very pleasant to have a NG tube inserted … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding? Ctd
Readers voice skepticism over this disturbing video: I feel churlish for pointing this out, since I, too, want to see the forcefeeding of Gitmo detainees stopped, but since this undercuts the strength of the argument, it’s worth point out that Mos Def is an actor. Moreover, he’s a very good actor, having been nominated both for … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding? Ctd
You be the judge. Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) demonstrates the force-feeding procedure used on Gitmo hunger strikers: Conor watched the video (I actually found it too painful after a while): [W]hile I don’t know whether or not forced feeding crosses the line of torture, the exercise reminded me of the late Christopher Hitchens volunteering to be waterboarded. The Obama … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding? Ctd
Dave Gilson describes a series of government photos from the Gitmo hunger strike: Though they do not show any of these frantic scenes, recently released military photos offer a window onto how Guantanamo has been dealing with the unprecedented protest: A “feeding chair” where detainees are force-fed sits next to a tray of feeding tubes and a … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding? Ctd
Kent Sepkowitz describes the procedure, which many Gitmo prisoners have been subjected to: During my training, I placed countless feeding tubes (and larger hoses to pump stomachs). Without question, it is the most painful procedure doctors routinely inflict on conscious patients. The nose—as anyone knows who ever has received a stinger from an errant baseball—has countless … Continue reading How Barbaric Is Force-Feeding?