Mos Def Volunteers To Undergo Alarming Guantánamo Bay Force-Feeding Procedure

July 8, 2013  |  


Source: WENN

Rapper and actor Yasin Bey, or as you might have grown up calling him, Mos Def, volunteered to undergo Guantanamo Bay’s brutal  force-feeding procedure that is conducted upon detainees who are on a hunger strike. The U.S. military reports half of Gitmo’s detainees are striking from food as a protest against their “indefinite confinement and conditions” and to shed light on the horrific way in which these individuals are being treated, Yasin Bey chose to become one of them by choice.

According to Gawker, the main purpose of Reprieve, the advocacy group who filmed Mos Def’s procedure, is to assist:

“prisoners facing the death penalty, and prisoners held beyond the rule of law in the ‘war on terror.’”

A document from Al-Jazeera  exposes the inhumaneness of the force-feeding procedure that takes place at the military prison, stating:

 Hunger striking Guantanamo prisoners who are force-fed a liquid nutritional supplement undergo a brutal and dehumanizing medical procedure that requires them to wear masks over their mouths while they sit shackled in a restraint chair for as long as two hours. The prisoners remain this way, with a 61cm – or longer – tube snaked through their nostril until a chest X-ray, or a test dose of water, confirms it has reached their stomach. At the end of the feeding, the prisoner is removed from the restraint chair and placed into a “dry cell” with no running water. A guard then observes the detainee for 45-60 minutes “for any indications of vomiting or attempts to induce vomiting”. If the prisoner vomits he is returned to the restraint chair.

 In the video, Mos Def  is strapped in a chair and a tube is then inserted into his nostrils. The excruciating pain is visible on his face and in the middle of the procedure Mos Def is seen breaking down. After the procedure, he stated:

“The first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning” he explains, still visibly shaken up. “Then it just starts to be really unbearable. It feels like something is going in—like something is going into my brain.”

Muslim groups such as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have petitioned to the Obama administration to refute the force-feeding policy especially during the Islamic holiday of Ramadan. The CAIR spokesperson, Ibrahim Hooper stated:

“It’s not just a religious issue, it’s also a human rights issue in violation of international norms and medical ethics.”

U.S. Court papers rejected CAIR’s request thoroughly outlining that force-feeding procedures  will not interfere with Ramadan because the act will happen “before dusk and after sunset”.

The video below of Mos Def  is disturbing. Insight can be gained on the political issues that need to be addressed regarding the health, safety, and treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Although the prisoners who inhabit Gitmo have committed (or were accused) of political crimes, the inhumane treatment against them makes one question, is brutality necessary when a prisoner is already doing the time?

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  • childofjesusrose

    my goodness, what an atrocity! this needs to STOP!

  • Alex

    Um, I think you meant “inhabit”. “Inhibit” means “to prevent”.

  • Candacey Doris

    They won’t listen. This is definitely something our president has fallen down on. He said he would close that torture center and he hasn’t. They could at least charge them but no charges have been filed.

    • TT

      Its Congress’ fault why its still open

      • Candacey Doris

        Congress or no, he doesn’t address the elephant in the room. Not at all. He needs to get on that, pronto.

        • TT

          Unfortunately because of checks and balances he really can’t dictate what he wants, I get what you’re saying he can say something but he did before and it didn’t get done because of congress and even though it was them that stopped plans he looked like he wasn’t a man of his word so now it’s all about action rather than words.

        • hollyw

          He’s addressed it multiple times, most notably after the sequester failed many of us by bringing back a ton of taxes we were hoping to stay free of, saying it was “A pretty shameful day for Congress” and pointing out how some elected Senators were the ones really holding us back.

          If we really want change, we need to do better research for ourselves, look up our local and state congressmen/assemblymen/Senators and see how they’re voting on a regular basis!!

  • Kenedy

    I still don’t understand why these prisoners are sitting in GITMO, with no real charges brought against them, never been to trial and never will be, no proof that some of them have even been linked to any terrorist activities, just hunches & whispers, & this is where our tax money is going….Didn’t Obama say he would shut this place down a minute ago??

    • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

      he did but i think its congress thats prolonging it.

    • TT

      yea but thanks to the good old republican controlled congress its open