Breaking the hunger strikers at Gitmo

by Steve, February 9th, 2006

restraint chair


This image is no joke.

The New York Times reports:

United States military authorities have taken tougher measures to force-feed detainees engaged in hunger strikes at Guant´┐Żnamo Bay, Cuba, after concluding that some were determined to commit suicide to protest their indefinite confinement, military officials have said.

In recent weeks, the officials said, guards have begun strapping recalcitrant detainees into “restraint chairs,” sometimes for hours a day, to feed them through tubes and prevent them from deliberately vomiting afterward. Detainees who refuse to eat have also been placed in isolation for extended periods in what the officials said was an effort to keep them from being encouraged by other hunger strikers.

Repeat after me: We do not torture. We do not torture. We do not torture.