End the Inhumane Force-Feeding Of Guantánamo Prisoners

(Originally posted at Daily Kos.)

The ACLU has just sent an urgent letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to bring his attention to the cruel, inhuman, degrading and unlawful treatment of the 30 hunger striking detainees currently held at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. The letter urges Secretary Gates to bring an end to the inhumane and unlawful practice of force feeding hunger-striking detainees.

According to news reports, 30 of the 250 detainees remaining at Guantánamo are hunger striking — the highest number of hunger strikers in months. Twenty-five of these men are now being force-fed through tubes, having either refused food for 21 consecutive days, or weigh less than 85 percent of their weight upon arrival at the detention facility or their ideal weight. Two of the striking detainees have been force-fed through tubes in their noses since August 2005. The unlawful force-feeding procedure requires that guards and medical professionals strap the detainee "into a chair, Velcro his head to a metal restraint, then tether a tube into the man's stomach through his nose to pump in liquid nourishment twice a day." Force-feeding is dangerous and can lead to major infections, collapsed lungs, and other devastating health consequences. Imad Hassan, one of the striking detainees, has been periodically force-fed for the last three years and suffers from serious digestive and pancreatic problems. Most importantly, force-feeding contravenes U.S. domestic and international law, and is universally considered to be a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

As we mention in our letter to Secretary Gates, it is critical to understand that:

…[t]hese detainees, none of whom have been charged with a crime, appear to be taking this extreme measure in order to protest their indefinite and arbitrary detention, conditions of confinement and lack of meaningful access to courts. By refusing food, these detainees hope to bring public attention to these matters of international concern.

We call on Secretary Gates to immediately order the prison camps commander to cease all force-feeding of detainees who are capable of forming a rational judgment and are aware of the consequences of refusing food. We also urge him to allow independent medical professionals to review and monitor the status of hunger striking detainees in a manner consistent with international ethical standards.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, marks the seventh anniversary of the first prisoners being sent to the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Join our efforts, and call on President-elect Obama to fulfill his promise to close the prison at Guantánamo and end the unlawful military commissions on Day One of his presidency. To learn more, visit: www.closegitmo.com.

The full text of the ACLU's letter to Secretary Gates is available online at: /intlhumanrights/nationalsecurity/38275res20090109.html

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liberal hater

Let the goddamn pieces of worthless shit die if they want eat. I fucking hope the bastards do waste away to nothing. Fuck them and fuck the ACLU.

Ryan Hartman

This seems pretty pointless. Gates or anyone else who has anything to do with this will never allow people to starve themselves to death in protest. Even if it happens I doubt any mainstream media outlets will touch it.

Vic Livingston

YES... ACLU must come to the urgent a of the Guantanamo prisoners being tortured by U.S. forces.

But ACLU also must wake up and realize that AMERICANS are being systematically TORTURED in a "slow genocide" right here at HOME -- a pervasive program of "extrajudicial punishment" that is being perpetrated under the cover of volunteer community policing, "town watch, citizens corps- type groups, and business-related anti-terrorism civilian groups -- virtually all of which are funded by government.

And a new generation of silent, potentially lethal RADIATION WEAPONS -- deceptively described by government as "non-lethal" and being widely deployed to local police, military and civilian intelligence, and their citizen operatives, are the chief means of achieving "control" of those targeted by this covert extrajudicial mechanism.

Here is the complete story. The author is a victim of these crimes against humanity being committed by government-supported American vigilantes and covert operatives against their fellow citizens:


By VIC LIVINGSTON, columnist, NowPublic.com; former business reporter, Fox TV Phila., NY Daily News, Phila. Bullletin, St. Petersburg Times

• Extrajudicial targeting/punishment violates the U.S. constitution, and has enabled crimes against humanity. Government intelligence, security, law enforcement and revenue officials are said to be complicit.

• U.S. Justice Department confirms: LOCAL COPS GETTING 'PAIN BEAM' WEAPONS

The reality of domestic torture delivered by ideologically-driven, cold-hearted agents of government and their vigilante citizen operatives is finally gaining public exposure by way of first-hand accounts -- including that of this correspondent, a mainstream journalist who who has been "community stalked" and tortured by means of silent, potentially deadly radiation weaponry for nearly five years.

In a matter of weeks, this correspondent believes, operatives who have been involved in the purposeful "dosing" of American citizens with various forms of pulsed radiation emitted from so-called "directed energy weapons" and devices will begin to come forward, confirming reports of what's been euphemistically labeled as "electronic harassment" by victims of so-called "community stalking" or "gang stalking."

The "gang stalking" moniker trivializes what is an extensive, multi-level government campaign of extrajudicial targeting and punishment that victims say extends into Canada, the United Kingdom and other industrialized nations.

After six months of reporting on this issue by this writer, the first crack in an official wall of silence regarding the wholesale deployment of radiation weapons came on Christmas Eve -- and went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.

The magazine New Scientist reported:

"The research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice is working on two portable non-lethal weapons that inflict pain from a distance using beams of laser light or microwaves, with the intention of putting them into the hands of police to subdue suspects."


A recent article on the Wired.com magazine "Danger Room" blog site discusses a court document said to indicate that the U.S. Secret Service is involved in the development of directed energy weapons technology. The article speculates that the agency may have deployed such devices in the course of its official duties.


In fact, say victims of extrajudicial targeting by government-funded community "gang stalking," these "directed energy weapons," or "D.E.W.," have been covertly used as a weapon of harassment, torture, and infliction of pain and physical and mental incapacitation for years -- with the number of anecdotal reports surging in the wake of 9/11 and the advent of the "war on terror."

Official confirmation of radiation weapons deployment comes despite a substantial body of medical research which indicates that human exposure to microwave radiation can cause strokes, aneurysms, cancer, eye damage and degraded vision, and can induce serious brain ailments such as Alzheimer's Disease and schizophrenia, with cognitive impairment that can result in mental incapacitation.


The "targets" of extrajudicial targeting and punishment apparently are not limited to "terrorists" or drug traffickers. They are said to include individuals who have been labeled by persons in positions of authority as "dissidents," "radicals," "whistle-blowers" or undesirables, perhaps due to their lifestyles, their ethnic heritage, or their religious or political beliefs.

Many find themselves slandered and unjustly accused of wrongdoing. Typically, they are not charged with any violation of the law -- yet they are condemned nonetheless to a lifetime sentence of being "community stalked" by citizen vigilantes, over-reaching uniformed officers, or undercover agents.

Some victims who are charged with crimes typically maintain that they were framed -- set up with fabricated or planted "evidence" or entrapped. Journalists are among targeted classes; but many don't realize they are subject to pervasive surveillance, physical harassment and career sabotage until they are already ruined, professionally and personally.

These targeted persons -- and their families -- are subject to relentless harassment, including surreptitious entry into their homes and vandalism of their property, with surveillance data about their whereabouts and personal daily routines funneled to "community stalkers" who are recruited under the cover of government-funded community policing, town watch, and business-related anti-terrorism programs, even fire and rescue squads. Members of retired officers' and fraternal organizations also are said to participate in community stalking. The operations of these civilian vigilantes are supervised by agents of government, ranging from local police personnel to federal intelligence and security agents under whose direction these programs have been institutionalized.

Under the guise of performing "surveillance," the "targets" are subject to electromagnetic radiation of various forms -- ranging from microwave energy, sound waves, even X-rays and gamma rays. The government publicly claims that these "directed energy weapons," or "D.E.W.", are still in the experimental stage, or that working equipment is large and bulky, such as the Army's recent demonstration of a microwave weapon tagged with an innocuous-sounding sobriquet, the "Active Denial System." The government describes these radiation weapons as "non-lethal" -- when in fact, depending on the dosage of radiated energy delivered, they can stun, maim, burn, cause strokes or aneurysms, induce illness such as cancer, or kill.

These D.E.W. are being widely deployed, as noted in an article in the April 2008 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. The article discusses the potential adverse health effects of D.E.W. fire. The article also states that law enforcement personnel themselves may fall victim to these adverse effects, should criminals or terrorists obtain D.E.W.


What the article does not state is that victims of "community stalking" have complained for several years that they are being tortured by painful D.E.W. radiation attacks, and that their health has been degraded by the cumulative effects of exposure to silent and potentially lethal beams of radiated energy.

These weapons share a characteristic that explains why few people outside of law enforcement are aware of their widespread deployment and usage: The radiation energy the weapons emit is silent and invisible, making possible "the perfect crime" -- the covert application of potentially lethal force.

Victims of D.E.W. attack have tried to appeal to law enforcement for justice, but to no avail. Indeed, that's part of the "M.O." -- when victims complain, they are routinely written off as delusional or mentally ill. Victims say that health care workers also cooperate in this persecution. Targeted persons may even be subject to attempts to commit them to psychiatric facilities, a means of accomplishing the underlying goal of extrajudicial targeting and punishment -- the removal of "targeted individuals" (and by extension, their families) from mainstream society.

Victims of extrajudicial targeting also charge that their family finances are sabotaged and ultimately expropriated by secret government programs ostensibly implemented to disrupt the financial dealings of terrorists and drug traffickers. In effect, they say, they are victimized by a parallel system of transaction processing sold to lawmakers as necessary components of the "war on terror" -- not as an ideologically-motivated tool of social control and political repression.

There is no rational or moral defense for this horrific domestic torture -- what could be termed a campaign of "slow genocide" -- which is happening right now in cities and towns across America. The "targets" typically pose no danger to society. They are victims of a political system that has institutionalized -- and has attempted to legalize -- extrajudicial punishment. The "war on terror" is the pretext that has been employed to effect a wholesale bypass of the judicial system, and of constitutionally protected rights.

This is the transformation of American democracy into a fascist police state -- an American Gestapo, a frontal assault on our constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and liberties.

When the pervasiveness of this officially sanctioned and funded domestic terrorism and torture is confirmed by "official sources" -- in recent times, the only sources that much of the mainstream media consider sufficiently credible -- any excuses for the excesses that heretofore have come to light will be exposed as evil sophistry.

That day is coming, and very soon. In the meantime, please read related articles at http://members.NowPublic.com/scrivener and help secure the legal assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (www.ACLU.org) or any other organization capable of bringing justice to the untold thousands of victims of extrajudicial targeting, punishment, and TORTURE in America 2009.




OR: My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Vic Livingston


Please read this is account by a mainstream media journalist. The full article was submitted to this thread for posting, but was taken down the next morning.

(Was that the work of ACLU, or of a third-party hacking entity which is censoring blog posts to this and many other political blogs on the internet?)

If ACLU did NOT take down the post -- now you know that political blogs are subject to third-party hacking and apparent attempts at censorship.

Here is the link:


OR: My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Cole Thornton

This article slays me. The ACLU bitches if the terrorists are force fed. The ACLU would bitch if they weren't force fed. You guys are like Hollywood...any chance to bask in the limelight. Most of our founding fathers would spit in your faces for the way you have corrupted the Constitution to suit your own agendas. I hope Obama closes Gitmo and that you get your way so you all can hug these terrorists into submission. When terror attacks resume within in a year we will have you to thank! If they hit ACLU Headquarters, God forbid, would you still defend them so vehemently? Oh yeah...probably. You are blinded by your holy values.

Connie Speeracy

Radiation weapons? Oh yes. The American gov't has been domestically implementing the use of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator on unruly segments of the population for several years. This slow, systemic annihilation of undesirables usually stems from Illudium poisoning known also as Nivram Naitram syndrome. It is also rumored that the gov't has been involved with the use of the dreaded Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html
I am sure that Barack HUSSEIN will put an end to all of this nonsense with the help of his trusty cohorts: The ACLU! Thank God you people are here to protect all of our rights. You have been doing it miserably since the 1920s but you keep going forward. That is quite admirable. Most people would have quit (or been fired if it were a real job) yet you all stumble on. Kudos to you!


Vic Livingston writes about what I've been through for nine years now and counting. Local law, legal professionals, influential government people, corporate people and large organizations that connect together are some of the avenues that this kind of terrorism comes from. These are people who apparently are above the law, they can terrorize, spy, harasse, among some of the abuses and get away with it.
Who do you turn to when the ones who you are suppose to turn to are the terrorists?

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