To Keep Them Alive


Guanthunger MIAMI The Miami Herald has created an interactive graph showing the rise in hunger strikers  in Guantánamo, the US detention centre on the island of Cuba.

They are reporting there are now 100 detainees refusing food.

Of those 24 are being force fed.

Tracking the hunger strike (Miami Herald)

Meanwhile, how they force feed.

“When the military doctors force-feed Guantánamo Bay detainee Fayiz al-Kandari with a tube shoved into his stomach there are three stages to the pain.”

“First, there is the sensation of the tube passing near his sinuses as it is pushed through his nose and into his throat, which causes his eyes to water. Then there is an intense burning and gagging sensation as it goes down the throat. Finally, when the tube enters the stomach there is a strong urge to vomit.”

“The experience, described by al-Kandari to his lawyer Carlos Warner, has one final grim humiliation. Once the tube has delivered food inside him, it triggers the most painful moment of all: the return of feeling hungry. “He says that can be the worst thing,” Warner said.”

How Guantánamo’s horror forced inmates to hunger strike (May 4, Guardian)

Guantánamo leaks lift lid on world’s most controversial prison (April 25, Guardian)

Pic: Presstvir

31 thoughts on “To Keep Them Alive

    1. my2yen

      They probably see ‘waterboarding’ as a way to help them wash it down…Criminal.

      1. The Citizen

        Aw, will someone please feel sorry for the poor terrorists having to experience their eyes watering.

        My eyes watered just reading this. Oh the humanity.

        1. Len

          Yeah, all of those detained are totally terrorists…not just random unlucky people at the wrong place in the wrong time just being locked up because the US are too embarrassed to let them go.

          1. The Citizen

            Not embarrassment. They are too dangerous to be released. Unfortunately for all they can’t kill them. It’s a pretty unfortunate situation. I’d accidentally leave a belt in their cell. They will soon be in a room with 100 John Moynes’ each.

        2. Laura Grimes

          When did their trials take place, to be held for over 11 years is torture

        3. munkifisht

          “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
          ― Nelson Mandela

        4. Ahjayzis

          A huge proportion of the prisoners have no charges against them, have never been tried, have been denied basic rights and been in that gulag for over a decade.

          I mean if you’re for random internment just say so.

        5. Tom

          Who said they’re terrorists? Their ethnicity? Seriously, they are being interned without due process of law by the same State that swore blind Sadaam was giving away WMDs with every bowl of soup.

    2. Tom

      The UN can classify all they want because until they get the finger out and really start going after the US on this they are as useful an Alistair Campbell sonnet on weapons of mass destruction.

    3. Sido

      “The UN classifies force-feeding as torture. – They would probably be better served by classifying it as force-feeding.

    4. cluster

      Apart from the cruelty of this, the US is being incredibly stupid.

      Apart from radicalising anybody in there (originally a terrorist or not) and their families, it is a propaganda gift to any terrorist organisation in the Islamic world. It makes moderates look like weak lap-dogs in thrall to American hegemony.

      Is there anybody out there who genuinely thinks that Guantanamo is an effective deterrent to terrorism? Or is this just a way of allowing short-sighted politicians look tough?

      1. tom

        It’s hard to think of a more self-defeating exercise alright – especially at this stage where their “encouragement” techniques have surely exhausted whatever info any of the prisoners ever possessed.

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Any good meaningful work Obama does or has done for his country is negated by the Guantanamo situation. He’d be stupid to leave it sit and have his legacy tarnished.

      1. Continuity Jay-Z

        The intel they provide is too valuable. They must remain prisoners and the must be kept alive. Sorry to burst the peaceniks bubble but Guantanamo is the most necessary of evils.

        Welcome to the grubby, dirty side of keeping a nation safe. There is no one innocent in Guantanamo. It is simply too costly to have someone who provides useless intel to be kept housed there. These lads may not have done anything wrong but they know who did.

        Al Queda et al wanted asymetric warfare and Guantanamo is true, exact manifestation of that desire. Enjoy the fight.

        1. Sido

          In fairness – I wouldn’t have thought you would know much of any value after a couple of years.

        2. Bacchus

          The need to be seen to detain and interrogate “terrorists” is what drove Bush to set up Guantanamo. Given that the American public bought into this PR stunt (not to mention some more local muppets) Obama has to take it apart slowly.

        3. cluster

          Any intelligence they provide (and that is doubtful) is more than outweighed by its use as a recruiting tool for terrorists.

          Students of Irish history should know better than anyone, that this sort of short-sighted clamping down on terror does not work.

      2. stratfoj

        There has to be a movement among the public within the US to have these people released and tried. If the US government does not agree they must elect a new one. Those found not guilty should be offered full citizenship and a better life.

        I doubt any of this will happen, but how else can the US now avert disaster revisiting them in the future if they are (i) released having found not guilty of the crimes accused of a decade ago but are now extremely hostile towards the States, or (ii) they die in prison, inciting others to violent acts of revenge.

        Either way it’s really up to the American people to prove that they mean no hostility towards those who await trial or are innocent, and have respect for due process. By which, I probably mean Obama.

    1. Sido

      Yeah – Clearly Uncle Sam and his English running dogs plan to involve themselves in another meaningless war which will have no positive outcome for them and further ruin their already shagged out economies. Good plan that.

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