The U.S. government has broken so many laws at Guantanamo Bay–a prison camp for prisoners of war in Cuba– in the past, that one of President Obama’s first orders of business was to shut it down. No one can forget the infamous abuse of alleged al-Qaeda inmates and the vile acts they were forced to perform in photos.
Many of the prisoners are Muslim and as Ramadan began Monday, the inmates’ months’ long hunger strike among more than 100 inmates continues on. But those prisoners have been force fed by prison guards and four of the prisoners have requested that the force feeding stop! But Monday, according to the Guardian, US district judge Gladys Kessler, based in Washington, DC, denied the request saying that only President Obama has the “power to intervene.”
Rapper Mos Def, who recently changed his name to Yasiin Bey, obviously stands in solidarity with the prisoners and felt so adamantly about informing the public of what the force feeding procedure is like, that he voluntarily agreed to allow the procedure be performed on him. Others have exposed procedures at Guantanamo that break laws like “water boarding.” Many tried to have it performed on them, but couldn’t last but a few seconds.
You will see in the video that he is unable to endure the procedure a second time. During the first attempt they pull the tube out of his nose and he breaks down in tears. The president has attempted to shut down Guantanamo since he took office in 2009, but Congress has fought him all the way.
According to the Washington Post:
“The Pentagon said this week it will continue to force-feed hunger strikers to prevent any from dying of starvation but planned to do it after sunset and before dawn barring “any unforeseen emergency or operational issues” in consideration of the daytime fasting for Ramadan, which begins this week.”
Be warned. You may be disturbed by the video of the procedure.