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  •  Let's not forget that the War Department is force- (10+ / 0-)

    feeding the people being "detained" at Guantanamo, and that it is a rotten ugly process that sure looks like a kind of torture to me:

    U.S. authorities at Guantanamo have responded, in part, by force-feeding the detainees. On Thursday, the Washington Post’s Peter Finn and Julie Tate, as part of a larger story on the hunger strike and its potential ramifications, report how the force-feeding works:

        Twice a day at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, guards take a number of detainees from their cells, one at a time, to a camp clinic or a private room on their block.

        The detainees are offered a hot meal or a liquid nutritional supplement and, if they refuse, they are strapped into a chair. A nurse then passes a tube through their noses and down into their stomachs; for one to two hours, they are fed a drip of Ensure while a Navy corpsman watches.

    Why is this somewhat reminiscent of an earlier practice?

    The Africans also frequently resorted to other acts of rebellion on the ships, including harming themselves, thus threatening the "cargo" of their captors. Many who had been taken from their homeland chose to take their own lives rather than to continue to suffer the unbearable conditions of the slave ship. Many jumped overboard when they had an opportunity. Others found ways to cut their throats. Some refused to eat and eventually starved to death. However, the slave captains, wanting to maintain as many of their slaves alive as possible, soon began employing methods to force feed the Afrikanes. On some ships coal or fire would be placed near the lips of those who refused to eat. There were also captains who reportedly poured melted lead on slaves who were on hunger strikes. Another method used to force feed the Africans was a device called the speculum oris.

    The speculum oris was a wooden instrument, which looked much like a pair of dividers, and was forced into the slave's mouth. Then a thumb screw would be turned, causing the legs of the speculum oris to open like a pair of pliers. Once the black man's jaws were forced open food would be crammed down his mouth, often causing intense gagging and vomiting.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:04:01 AM PDT

    •  Jon Stewart was right (3+ / 0-)
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      when he compared the torture of waterboarding to force-feeding, calling it "food-boarding."

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:56:38 AM PDT

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