Guantanamo-Style Force Feeding Occurs In U.S. Prisons Every Day

force feedingVia Common Dreams, Ann Neumann on barbaric force feeding occurring onshore and offshore against prisoners who see hunger striking as their last available method of protest:

I know a hunger-striking prisoner who hasn’t eaten solid food in more than five years. He is being force-fed by the medical staff where he’s incarcerated. Starving himself, he told me last year, is the only way he has to exercise his first amendment rights and to protest his conviction.

The fact that force feedings are being discussed in the context of Guantánamo obscures the routine use of feeding tubes in American prisons. Other recent feeding tube cases have taken place in Washington state, Utah, Illinois and Wisconsin. No sweeping study of force-feeding has been done, so statistics on usage don’t exist. Only three states have laws against force-feeding prisoners: Florida, Georgia and California, where a hunger strike in 2011 at a facility in Pelican Bay effectively caused a court examination of prison conditions.

No matter where force-feedings take place, whether in Guantánamo or Connecticut, they are considered torture by most of the world’s medical and governing bodies. At The Daily Beast, Kent Sepkowitz, a doctor, writes, “Without question, [force-feeding] is the most painful procedure doctors routinely inflict on conscious patients,” and calls it “barbaric.”

14 Comments on "Guantanamo-Style Force Feeding Occurs In U.S. Prisons Every Day"

  1. I was watching something the other day that told me that this is a very, very old practice. Can’t remember what it was though.

    Although in Gitmo it seems to have been changed to a punishment method rather than just one that is meant to keep someone alive.

    Can’t help thinking though; If Monsanto had patented the Soylent Green machine by now, we would no longer be force feeding anyone.

  2. Ugh. In all likelihood…we’ll only see more as corporate prison practices reduce the standard of care to utter barbarism instead of ‘corrections/rehabilitation’. We’d almost climbed our way out of the dark ages in some states…only to backslide whole hog nationwide as soon as purse strings tightened. Predictably…none of this has done anything to reduce recidivism…which isn’t even a goal anymore…the new goal is to increase incarceration for lengthier periods and for ever milder offenses. Gotta keep those beds full if ya wanna bilk the state for every possible penny.

  3. Calypso_1 | May 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm |

    meh, try not eating in the hospital too…

    Nasogastric feeding is not the most painful procedure routinely practiced. Once you get used to it its only mildly uncomfortable. Pts learn to do it for themselves. Remember the kid in school that would suck the noodle up his nose and out his mouth?…. Same idea.

    • kowalityjesus | May 15, 2013 at 2:43 am |

      can I possibly state how much street cred being force-fed gives you? I don’t think so.

      • Calypso_1 | May 15, 2013 at 9:39 am |

        Really? Cool, I could probably get a few extra protein shakes in while I work. Maybe a gravity bag in a camel pack rigged to an uilleann pipe bellows.

        I could get fashionable & use black tubing to make it more like a stillsuit.

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm |

    I just remembered why they call Der Homeland
    The Land of the Free

    • kowalityjesus | May 15, 2013 at 2:42 am |

      free from being force-fed if you’re not a felon or ‘”mentally unstable”? lololol

  5. kowalityjesus | May 15, 2013 at 2:39 am |

    hot DAMN the content on this website is spot on.

  6. Omg?! If these idiots want to starve…LET THEM! They are prisoners…you want your rights still?? You have the right to starve yourself to death if you should so choose. Stop covering this stupid shit in the media!

    • kowalityjesus | May 16, 2013 at 12:30 am |

      you mean START covering this stupid shit in the media?

    • Some of these people have never been charged with anything and have been held for years. Free country? My eyes.

      Stop posting stupid, uninformed opinions in public.

  7. How much evidence do we need that the USA is no longer a free country?

    With 5% of the world population, the USA has 25% of the world’s prison population.

    Force feeding, water boarding, rendition of prisoners, no warrant phone taps, no-knock entries.

    Ironically, after WW II, several Japanese officers were hanged by the USA for torturing American POWs. The torture? Water boarding. Maybe it’s OK if we do it, not just when others do it?

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