Navy Nurse at Gitmo Turns Conscientious Objector
He refuses to force-feed detainees
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2014 9:19 AM CDT
In this Aug. 23, 2013 pool file photo reviewed by the US Department of Defense, one of Guantanamo Bay's two courthouses is seen through a broken window.   (AP Photo/Toronto Star, Michelle Shephard, Pool, File)

(Newser) – A Navy nurse working at Guantanamo Bay has refused to force-feed hunger-striking detainees, an inmate's lawyer tells CNN. The male nurse, whose name hasn't been revealed, at first conducted the feedings, but "as soon as he saw what was happening, he started talking to the [inmates]," attorney Cori Crider says. "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told (by superiors) was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore." The Pentagon yesterday acknowledged that a "medical provider" had recently refused to perform a feeding, and said the staffer "has been temporarily assigned to alternate duties with no impact to medical support operations."

Crider learned about the nurse's decision through her client, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, who has sued against the force-feeding policy. "This nurse showed incredible courage. To see the basic humanity of the prisoners and to recognize that force-feeding is wrong is a historic stand," Crider says. "It meant a great deal to my client and to the other cleared detainees who are hunger striking." The Miami Herald calls the nurse's move "the first known rebellion against" force-feeding rules. A retired Army brigadier general tells the paper that such a refusal on ethical grounds is allowed, and the nurse shouldn't suffer professional consequences.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 16, 2014 11:55 PM CDT
That lady needs to either pick up a weapon and oppose us or she needs to put on a Hijab, say prayers facing Mecca, and pray for the timely end of the USA, allah and the rotting corpse in the cement box be praised. Either way I don't care as she now sleeps under the blanket of protection that facility provides this nation.
tran_tor
Jul 16, 2014 3:44 PM CDT
I applaud both the nurse and the military. First, I applaud the nurse for refusing to participate in torture. Second, I applaud the military for allowing conscientious objection. Military life can be difficult, and allowing a soldier to basically opt out of a directive (probably made by civilian leadership) without retribution is also commendable.
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Jul 16, 2014 3:27 PM CDT
Oh that land of the "free", home of the "brave"...