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Judge Rebukes Government, Keeps Gitmo Force-Feeding Hearing Open

A federal judge has knocked down the government’s attempt to hold a secret hearing in a case challenging the military’s practice of force-feeding Guantanamo detainees who are on hunger strike.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler called the government’s desire to close the proceedings “deeply troubling,” and chastised the Department of Justice for appearing to “deliberately” make the request “on short notice.”

The case involves Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian man who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, though he was cleared for transfer out of the island prison by the military in 2009. He began a hunger strike last year and claims that he has been subjected to painful and abusive force-feedings. He has asked the federal court to intervene and stop the military forcing him from his cell and restraining him during the feedings.

The government wanted the hearing to be largely closed to the public, on the grounds that classified videos of force-feedings and so-called “forced cell extractions” would be shown. The doctors scheduled to testify might reveal secret details of how detainees are moved from cell to feedings, the government argued.

In denying their demand, Kessler noted that it would not be difficult to briefly close the court for classified matters. “A reasonable amount of delay and logistical burdens are a small price to pay for the virtues of judicial transparency,” Kessler wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Judge Kessler!

Anyone who has had the process proscribed by a doctor, during a convalescence, understands that even with the best, and most compassionate specialists, the process is uncomfortable at best.

To be used in a punitive manor against those who are on a hunger strike, when they have been cleared for release 5 years ago, is immoral and reprehensible

But, at all levels, unfortunately, that is what the US government has become: immoral and reprehensible.