Friday, May 16, 2014

Judge orders halt to Force-Feeding one Guantanamo Prisoner ... Finally, someone pays attention

As reported this evening by Jason Leopold, Al Jazeera:

"A federal judge late Friday ordered the Obama administration to halt the force-feeding of a Guantanamo prisoner and to preserve more than 100 videos that show the captive being forcibly removed from his cell and force-fed.
U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler's unprecedented ruling also temporarily barred military officials at the detention facility from subjecting the prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, to so-called forced cell extractions “for the purposes of” tube-feedings until May 21, the date of the next hearing in the case.
Dhiab has been cleared for release or transfer out of Guantanamo since 2009. His attorneys have been waging a lengthy legal battle to permanently end his force-feeding.
'This is a major crack in Guantanamo's years-long effort to oppress prisoners and to exercise total control over information about the prison,' said Cori Crider, one of Dhiab's attorneys who works for UK-based charity Reprieve. 
'Dhiab is cleared for release and should have been returned to his family years ago,' Crider added. 'He is on hunger strike because he feels he has no other option left. I am glad Judge Kessler has taken this seriously, and we look forward to our full day in court to expose the appalling way Dhiab and others have been treated.'
Last year, Kessler declined to rule on an attempt by Dhiab's attorneys to stop his force-feeding, saying she was powerless due to a congressional law that prohibited judges from making decisions over the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners. But she noted that the Obama administration could immediately end what she said was a 'a painful, humiliating and degrading process.'"

Painful, humiliating and degrading - the perfect description of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center - Especially for those men who were declared innocent and cleared for release, the first time, over 6 years ago.

Guantanamo must close and innocent men released to their families - not strange nations that inflict more pain and suffering (like Algeria). The rest must be treated to a fair and impartial trial in a real court of law instead of being forced to languish in the hell of the US' making.

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