Justice Department Hands Over 8 Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos
September 16, 2015   By:    C.I.A., Forced Feedings   Comments are off   //   675 Views
The release is part of Dhiab’s legal battle, which claims the former detainee was force-fed nearly 1,300 times.

Eight redacted video tapes showing detainees being subjected to illegal force-feeding practices during a mass hunger strike in the U.S. military prison in Cuba Guantanamo Bay were handed over by the Department of Justice.

The images show Guantanamo’s medical and security teams restraining and forcefully feeding detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, The Guardian reported.

The release is part of larger legal battle in defense of Dhiab due to claims he was force-fed nearly 1,300 times when he was detained at Guantanamo without charges between 2002 and 2014.

A judge ordered the release of 32 videos nearly a year ago, but the DOJ refuses to release all the tapes in the name of “national security.”    

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Lawyers in Dhiab’s case have seen the videotapes, but claim they have been edited and that Guantanamo prison personnel cannot be identified.    

“If the American people could see the force-feeding tapes I’ve watched, they would understand that abuse in Guantanamo is not just in the ‘bad old days’ of the past, but continues right up to the present,” Cori Crider, who represents Dhiab, told The Guardian.

According to the lawyers, the video shows Dhiab being dragged from his cell using a ‘tackle-and shackle technique’ and being fed through a tube that ran through his nose to his stomach while his limbs and head were restrained by the Guantanamo Bay prison staff.

The U.S. still has 116 prisoners at the controversial military prison, including Ba Odah, who has been force-fed since he stopped eating solid food in 2006. He currently weighs 75 pounds (about 34 kilograms).    

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently admitted Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed during President Barack Obama's time in office, warning the head of state that his time is running out. President Obama promised U.S. citizens nearly seven years ago that closing the controversial detention center would be one of his priorities during his presidency. 

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