YOU DECIDE: Is it 'Un-American' to Let Guantanamo Prisoners Voluntatily Starve?

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As Guantanamo Bay hunger strikes go into their third month, people are now questioning U.S. President Barack Obama's response to the situation.

According to Al Jazeera, 100 detainees have been on a hunger strike protesting their indefinite detention at the Cuba facility. In response, the Pentagon has allowed the force feeding of 20 detainees, in a measure that is drawing sharp criticism from the medical community.

READ: Q&A: Why Guantanamo Hunger Strike Could Be the Last (ILLUME via New American Media)

President Obama, however, is standing his ground on these drastic measures, claiming that the force feeding is meant to save the lives of the prisoners.

According to Al Jazeera, the American Medical Association is speaking out. They've sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, claiming that the force feeding violates medical ethics. (Read the letter above, as obtained by Human Rights Watch).

But the Pentagon is saying that it's "un-American" to let a detainee starve.

So, they've resorted to placing feeding tubes up the noses of the detainees. How American is that?

What are your thoughts on this? Vote in our poll. Do you think that it's worse to let the detainees starve, or is force feeding a worse violation of human rights? Have a look at the AMA's letter and let us know what you think.

Further Reading: Guantanamo Hunger Strikers (ILLUME)


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