October 25, 2005

Guantanamo Inmate Allegedly Intubated as Torture

According to a story on the Knight Ridder wire today,
In his on-again, off-again hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saudi captive Yousef al-Shehri says U.S. troops forced feeding tubes up his nose and into his stomach to keep him from starving himself. But, his lawyer asserts, indignities suffered by her 21-year-old client did not end there.

Shehri told attorney Julia Tarver this month that U.S. forces - not doctors or nurses - have brutally inserted and removed feeding tubes, and on one occasion yanked a bloody tube out of one prisoner and put it up the nose and into the stomach of another, in the U.S. military effort to keep captives from starving themselves.

The Bush administration flatly denies the assertions and says the 505 or so suspected terrorists housed at Guantanamo get top-notch medical care.

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