Guant__namo to synchronize force-feedings


The U.S. prison at Guant__namo has sufficient military medical staff to synchronize forced-feedings to the Rama...


The U.S. prison at Guant__namo has sufficient military medical staff to synchronize forced-feedings to the Ramadan fast and will only feed hunger strikers after sunset and before dawn, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.

___Enteral feed_ is Guant__namo_s term for the process by which U.S. soldiers shackle a captive into a restraint chair, often inside a prison cell, then a Navy nurse inserts a tube into the captive_s nose to deliver a nutritional supplement down the back of his throat and into his stomach.

As of Tuesday, the lockup with 166 foreign prisoners disclosed that 106 of the captives were on hunger strike. Of them, 45 were designated for nasogastric feedings. Three were at the prison hospital Tuesday, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, although none had _life threatening conditions._

This will be the 12th Ramadan in U.S. captivity for most Guant__namo detainees. It begins at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba at sunset Monday.

A day after lawyers for four Guant__namo captives sought an emergency hearing at federal court in a bid to get a judge to order the Pentagon to stop force-feedings, as inhumane.

The lawyers for prisoners from Algeria, Syria and Saudi Arabia asked that, while the court considers the question, it prohibit daytime tube-feedings during Ramadan.

The advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations, in response to the suit, issued a statement of opposition to _force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners at the Guant__namo Bay detention camp, particularly during the upcoming month-long fast of Ramadan._

Detainees say through their attorneys that the feedings are both painful and humiliating; the Pentagon defends the practice as routinely used on consenting U.S. hospital patients.

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