“Two of the women (wardresses) took hold of my arms, one held my head and one my feet. One wardress helped to pour the food. The doctor leant on my knees as he stooped over my chest to get at my mouth. I shut my mouth and clenched my teeth. The sense of being overpowered by more force that I could possibly resist was complete, but I resisted nothing except with my mouth. The doctor offered me the choice of a wooden or steel gag; he explained that the steel gag would hurt and the wooden one would not, and he urged me not to force him to use the steel one. But I did not speak nor open my mouth, so after playing about for a moment or two with the wooden one he finally had recourse to the steel.
The pain of it was intense; he got the gag between my teeth, when he proceeded to turn it much more than necessary until my jaws were fastened wide apart, far more than they could go naturally. Then he put down my throat a tube, which seemed to me much too wide and was something like four feet long. The irritation of the tube was excessive. I choked the moment I touched my throat until it had gone down. Then the food was poured in quickly; it made me sick a few seconds after it was down and the action of the sickness made my body and legs double up, but the wardresses instantly pressed back my head and the doctor leant on my knees. The horror of it was more than I can describe.
And, the prisoners at Guantanamo can strike in my opinion. Many of them are being held even though the government has no interest in them any longer.
Some have been cleared, but because we don't know what to do with them, they remain in prisoner indefinitely. IMO those that have been cleared should be released, but in the alternative at least allowed to strike to bring attention to the situation at Guantanamo.
I'm not talking about the ones that are indeed terrorists or terror suspects. I don't like it, but I understand the national security implications of their detention. But, the men who have been cleared? What does it say of a country and its much lauded liberty, if that same country falsely keeps imprisoned innocent detainees? Or at least detainees that pose no national security threat. By keeping them in prison, we actually turn them into threats and for good reason. Charges of tyranny can be leveled appropriately against any nation who imprisons people who pose no threat and have committed no crime.
Twenty of the detainees are being force-fed and five of them are in the hospital, Lt. Col. Sam House said in an email from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, where the detainees are being held. None of them are in life-threatening condition, he said.
The military had tracked only 43 detainees as hunger strikers before the April 13 raid of Camp Six, a communal facility. House told The Huffington Post on Friday that all of the detainees who were added to the list were hunger striking before the raid "but could not be observed or placed under medical care because they had covered or broken the cameras" in their cells.