Note: The following video is extremely graphic and difficult to watch. However, Global Justice Ecology Project believes it is essential to understanding the inhumane torture being inflicted upon innocent hunger-strikers, many of whom have been accused of no specific crimes and are being detained indefinitely, at Guantánamo Bay.
The hunger strikers who are being tortured are victims of the American Empire. The US has a despicable history of ‘liberating’ peoples from oppressive regimes, while simultaneously torturing innocent civilians within its own prisons, at home and abroad, all in the name of the ill-conceived ‘War on Terror.’ In the ‘War on Terror’ the American Empire is responsible for more death, more suffering, and more destruction than all the other supposed terrorists combined.
-The GJEP Team
By Ben Ferguson, July 9, 2013. Source: The Guardian
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, had agreed to submit his body and fame to a form of torture. The body bit would involve being chained to a feeding chair while doctors inserted more than a metre of rubber tubing up his nose, down his throat and into his stomach. His fame would hopefully draw attention to that fact that this is happening daily to 45 hunger strikers in Guantánamo Bay.
Reprieve has always been well aware that in its fight against human rights abuses there is no substitute for the court of public opinion. Clive Stafford Smith, the organisation’s founder, is often the first to volunteer himself for some sort of extreme treatment but, in his words, “nobody has the faintest clue who I am”. Which was why I had agreed to ask Bey.
We met at his hotel. David Morrissey, a patron of Reprieve, had brought in Asif Kapadia (the documentary maker behind Senna) to direct the film and together they discussed its style and aims. Meanwhile Kat Craig, legal director of Reprieve’s Guantánamo team, had called on Dr Adeeb Husain to perform the medical procedure and talk Bey through what was going to happen the next day.
Having volunteered to fast that day, Bey was tired and by now it was late. Despite this, he was attentive. His only request to the doctors was that they manipulate nothing and reproduce the experience of the detainees as accurately as possible. He hung on every word as Craig related the testimonies of Reprieve’s clients.