Guide to Gitmo Force-Feeding: Shackle, Mask Detainees
Al Jazeera obtains 30-page guidelines
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo reviewed by a Pentagon official, a detainee peers out through the "bean hole" which is used to pass food and other items into detainee cells, at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Llinsley)

(Newser) – The US process for force-feeding hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees has come to light in a new al Jazeera report. The news network obtained the guidelines for the process, which sees detainees held in a restraint chair for up to two hours. A guard "shackles detainee and a mask is placed over the detainee’s mouth to prevent spitting and biting," the manual says. A tube runs from the detainee's nostril to his stomach. After the feeding process, officials put the detainee in a "dry cell"—one without running water—and monitor him for up to an hour to ensure he doesn't vomit, the report says.

A US lawyer tells al Jazeera that the guidelines call for an "Orwellian" relationship between health workers and guards, since doctors and nurses function as "adjuncts of the security apparatus." "The clinical judgment of a doctor or a nurse is basically trumped by this policy and protocol," the lawyer says. Restraint chairs, meanwhile, are typically used at federal prisons "for inmates who are physically dangerous," notes a nonpartisan organization. The 30-page Standard Operating Procedure updates a version from 2003 that was updated in 2005; the latest version is more controversial than its predecessor, writes Jason Leopold. Click through for the full piece.

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May 15, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
Despicable US of A. This illegality and defiance of all decency is going to really hurt your grandkids. NO country stays top dog forever, and it's really really important how you conduct yourself while on top. The last decade has seen you slide ever lower down a shameful descent into vicious cruelty and mindless violence. It will not turn out good. So sad to see Obama's Hope & Change turn into Rope & Strange. The Drone President.
May 14, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
Maybe the US should set up concentration camps too. Would make a good use of all those fema trailors, and make the government more money to enslave more people
May 14, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
lock them down hard!!!!!!!! turn off lights! lock main door! throw away the key! come home! end of story!