Anguished Judge Lets Gitmo Resume Forced Feedings
Gladys Kessler criticizes Pentagon but says she has no choice
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 6:34 PM CDT
A file photo of US District Judge Gladys Kessler.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – A federal judge today allowed the US military to resume force-feeding a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, but Gladys Kessler made clear she is not happy about it, reports the McClatchy News Service. Kessler criticized the Pentagon for refusing to budge over how it administers the force-feeding and urged authorities to figure out a way to make it less painful for detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, reports the Washington Post. “Thanks to the intransigence of the Department of Defense, Mr. Dhiab may well suffer unnecessary pain from certain enteral feeding practices and forcible cell extractions,” Kessler wrote. “However, the court simply cannot let Mr. Dhiab die.”

She described the decision as "anguishing." Last week, Kessler ordered a temporary halt to the force-feeding, but reversed herself when it became clear that Dhiab would not voluntarily eat. She noted that the detainee has said that he would agree to the tubal feeding if he could “be spared the agony of having the feeding tubes inserted and removed for each feeding," along with the "pain and discomfort of the restraint chair." She criticized the Pentagon for not compromising. Dhiab, 42, is a Syrian who has been held for 12 years without charges and has been cleared for release since 2009, notes the New York Times. His attorneys recently won the right to view videotapes of his forced feedings.

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graywolf5949
May 25, 2014 7:29 AM CDT
Just an after thought. Perhaps you should compare the treatment provided to these "detainees" at GITMO with the current revelations regarding the treatment of veterans by the VA. Also, if no other country will take him, do you want him released on American soil? I guess he would then qualify for all the benefits the current population of "undocumented" immigrants currently enjoy, deportation not being one of them. Finally, how many of these "detainees" once released, go back to the same organizations they supported prior to their capture? Anyone have those numbers?
Smitty6398
May 24, 2014 7:48 PM CDT
Send him home to Syria. Halfway there, kick him off the plane and let him find his own way back.
HANKHILL
May 24, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
let the scum die if they want to! feed them to the fish! end of story! better dead than fed!!!!!!