This Criminal Act: Navy Nurse First to Refuse to Carry Out Brutal Gitmo Force-Feedings
In the first known instance of U.S. military conscience objection at Guantánamo, a male Navy nurse has refused to continue participating in the forced and often brutal tube feedings of hunger striking Gitmo detainees, who consider the practice torture. News of the action by a reported 40-year old Latino captain came from the London-based Reprieve lawyer for Syrian hunger striker Abu Wael Dhiab, who has already been cleared for transfer and is challenging the force-feeding policy in federal court. Diab described the nurse's gradual evolution over several months of "very compassionate" treatment, saying, "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore.” At the peak of the hunger strike last year, over 100 detainees were refusing to eat with almost half being force-fed; the prison has stopped releasing numbers. The practice remains in legal limbo after a judge initially agreed it was torture and then reversed herself, with another hearing set for this summer. Last year, rapper Mos Def memorably decided to undergo it to see for himself. He didn't last long. Watch if you can.
"I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act." - the nurse reportedly announcing his refusal.