An unidentified U.S. Navy nurse is refusing to force-feed Guantanamo Bay detainees who are currently on a hunger strike. He is the first person to engage in this form of protest. Perhaps this is his way of making sure the terrorists starve to death before Obama can release them to their Taliban buddies.
Cori Crider, an attorney for the British legal rights group Reprieve, is representing a 42-year-old Syrian prisoner of the detention facility named Abu Wa’el Dhiab. Dhiab, who is participating in the hunger strike, broke the news of the nurse refusing to tube feed prisoners to his attorney on July 10th.
Dhiab reported that other Gitmo nurses have expressed distaste with force-feeding detainees, however the nurse in question was the only one to stand up and defy orders to do so. In any case, the prisoners are elated by the nurse’s choice. Crider called it a, “historical act and a strong statement.”
Hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay began shortly after the prison opened in 2002, with force-feeding starting in early 2006 following a mass hunger strike. Many medical professionals have spoken out against prisoners being force-fed, saying that is causes “unnecessary suffering”. Most of the detainees in Gitmo have caused others a great deal of “unnecessary suffering”, but I digress.
There are currently 149 prisoners at the detention center. Roughly 34 are on hunger strike and some 18 meet the guidelines for feedings.
So, what do you think? Should the nurse let those rotten bastards starve? Or does he have an obligation to force-feed them? Give us your take in the comments section!