A Navy Medical Officer’s Profound Act of Resistance to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:43 am

A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Navy Captain Tom Gresback confirmed “a recent instance of a medical provider [...]

The Punitive Use of Medical Restraints on Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Monday June 16, 2014 1:45 am

A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.

While Guantanamo medical authorities said the need for restraints was due to “medical necessity,” such necessity was never documented. Instead, it was clear the use of restraints was punitive in nature.

Hunger Striker Younus Chekhouri Describes the “Nightmare” Inside Guantanamo

By: Friday May 10, 2013 6:55 pm

Reposted with permission from Andy Worthington’s blog, Guantanamo hunger striker Younus Chekhouri describes what happened when prison camp authorities raided the hunger strikers on April 13. Chekhouri also describes his own physical and mental anguish, as he experiences both the abuse and torture inside the prison and the effects of the hunger strike undertaken out of desperation, as he has been imprisoned without charges for over 11 years, and while cleared for release, has no idea when or if he will ever leave the U.S. military prison.

Violence at Guantanamo? Detainees Desperately Fight for their Humanity

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:29 am

Considering the way the military has handled the situation at Guantanamo — forbidding reporters at the island, making nice to the ICRC only to conduct violent raids on detainees as soon as Red Cross officials leave, force-feeding hunger-striking detainees against all medical ethics and protocols — you’d think the Pentagon thought they had another Koje-Ko prison camp rebellion on their hands.

Apparently the White House was notified in advance of the nighttime raids on the debilitated hunger strikers, who according to military accounts (which one must take with maximum suspicion), fought back with mop and broom handles and plastic water bottles.

Whatever military police met in terms of opposition, what they certainly encountered were emaciated prisoners, worn down by years of interrogation, isolation, brutality, and now hunger, as they wield the only real weapons they know, their very bodies, choosing death over the hopelessness and torture that is indefinite detention.

Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike to End Torture Conditions

By: Monday October 3, 2011 2:41 am

A renewed hunger strike at California State Prisons has mushroomed to nearly 12,000 participants, as prisoners protest tortuous conditions, including a policy that makes inmates snitch on other prisoners or be held in solitary confinement indefinitely. The strike comes at a time when the California prisons are under attack for unconstitutional conditions of confinement, and in Federal receivership. But the prison authorities are threatening to punish strikers and have already expelled two of their attorneys from attending prison talks.

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 5:31 pm

While many articles on the hunger strike protest of Supermax prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay prison have rightly emphasized the conditions of torture that arise from a regime of long-term solitary confinement, another object of the strikers is to end the hated “debriefing” system, by which prisoners cannot escape their conditions unless they “snitch, parole, or die.” The “debriefing” regime is eerily similar to that experienced by so-called unlawful detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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