Footage of US military officials force feeding a Guantanamo Bay detainee could soon be public. That’s according to two rulings by a federal judge, the latest on Friday, ordering the US government to hurry up and redact the faces and voices of prison staff.
A host of media groups have demanded the release of the tapes of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian hunger-striking prisoner who was released from the prison in December—12 years after he was brought there. The groups say the footage will provide the public, for the first time, images of how detainees are being treated if they refuse to eat. A Department of Defense image of a feeding chair (shown above) allows US military officials to strap in hunger-striking detainees and forcibly feed them, likely through intravenous tubes.
It’s common for captives to refuse to eat at the US military prison, based in Cuba. Some hunger strikes have been known to attract more than 100 detainees.
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