Iftar by force: Guantanamo force-feeding to continue during Ramadan
FD Editor’s Note: If there was any doubt whatsoever that Obama was anything less than an evil bastard, this story should clear that right up. It is easy, with the Internet, to look up and learn the significance of Ramadan and fasting. Once you understand that you will share my disgust for what the Obama administration is doing by force-feeding these detainees during the holiest time of the year. I do not believe there is a better way to show total disregard for their religious beliefs than this. In doing this, Obama sets the United States up to join countries like China, Egypt, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria, some of the worst Human Rights offenders on earth. This is not just torture. This is an affront to their religious beliefs – the same beliefs that really are the only thing they have left! Islam is the only thing that has been keeping these men going – through all of the torture, the solitary confinement, the mistreatment. Now even observing the religion properly is taken away! What has this country come to? How can anyone stand by as this happens? I would be ashamed of myself to stand and do nothing – we ALL need to rise up and protest this! No more waiting for someone else to do it, everyone needs to take part. One last thing – there is no way that they will be able to tube feed all of the detainees during the night, there is not enough time. They would have to double their staff at least. Do not be fooled. It takes approximately two hours to tube-feed one detainee. There are 106 detainees on hunger strike. 45 of them are being force-fed, and that number can change at any time. They have about 8 or 9 hours between sundown and sun-up to feed these men. Do the math.
[art_thumbnail align="right"]The U.S. government said in response to a lawsuit it will not stop force-feeding prisoners at the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during Ramadan.
In court papers arguing against a petition filed by detainees, the United States said the feedings provide
essential nutrition and medical care and don’t interfere with the detainees fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins Monday evening, CNN reported.
Navy Capt. Robert Durand, spokesman for the facility, said the feedings would be carried out in the early morning and late evening to help detainees comply with Ramadan restrictions.
In their lawsuit filed Sunday, detainees Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, Nabil Hadjarab and Abu Wa’el Dhiab argued the feedings violate the Ramadan daily fast from dawn to sunset, CNN reported Wednesday.
Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale said the military has changed force-feeding times at Guantanamo during Ramadan for years, but doing so
is an accommodation, not a right.
Of the 166 prisoners held at Guantanamo, 106 are on hunger strike, Breasseale said.