6/14/09

End It... Again


Force feeding, although widely regarded as torture and a violation of Common Article 3 of the Geneva conventions, is still being practiced at Guantanamo Bay.

Here, Luke Mitchell asks the hard questions of Cynthia Smith, spokesperson for Dr. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, whose term ended in April but has yet to be replaced.

How are we to reconcile an answer like this:
DoD takes very seriously its obligation to provide humane treatment, which includes protecting detainees’ physical and mental health and providing appropriate treatment for disease, guided by professional judgments and standards similar to those applied to personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces.
with a description like this, from Mitchell's article in the July issue of Harper's Magzine?
...Ahmed Ghap pour, an attorney with the human-rights group Reprieve, which represents thirty-one detainees at Guantánamo, told Reuters that prison officials were “over-force-feeding” hunger strikers, who were suffering from diarrhea as they sat tied to their chairs. He said in some cases officials were lacing the nutrient shakes with laxatives.
Where is everyone on this?

Pictured above: force feeding kit used at Guantanamo Bay. Pentagon photo in the public domain.
Thanks to Wikimedia.

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