And speaking of shoving it down their throats ...posted by The Vidiot @ 10:22 PM Permalink
Pentagon Endorses Force-Feeding Hunger Strikers'nuff said ... right? Sadly, no!
A Pentagon document setting rules for medical professionals in detainee operations endorses force-feeding hunger strikers, a practice criticized by rights activists, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Critics note that ethical codes endorsed by the American Medical Association, including a declaration by the World Medical Association, state that if a doctor considers a hunger striker "capable of forming an unimpaired and rational judgment concerning the consequences of such voluntary refusal of nourishment, he or she shall not be fed artificially."
How quaint, yet another euphemism for torture.
A senior general told reporters some detainees subsequently decided taking part in the hunger strike had become "too much of a hassle."
But wait, there's more!
"The hunger strike technique is consistent with al Qaeda practice and reflects detainee attempts to elicit media attention to bring international pressure on the United States to release them back to the battlefield," a military statement said.OK then, it's all OK, since Bushco, which refused to release their names and won't let the UN in to examine them, and has claimed 'classified' on every court case challenging that claim, says this is just a trick by AQ to garner media attention.
The same Bushco that has never given a rats a$$ about 'international opinion' but still claims OBL can muster international opinion and force the US to release these folks.
Somehow I doubt that.