This has been prime news in Europe today and yesterday, that 2/3 of the detainees are now on Hunger Strike, and more than 40 are being force fed. I’m sure this also more than news in many other countries. [BBC; Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)]
Whatever you think about the people being held, “terrorists that should rot in hell”, “that should be locked up forever” or “deserve their day in court”, the damage this is doing to the US reputation overseas is immeasurable, and it will be held against us. Time to end this. The President promised 4-years ago to shutdown Guantanamo, now is the time for action. While “waterboarding” may not qualify as “cruel and unusual punishment: under the US Constitution, Force Feeding is most definitely clearly a violation of international law.
Interestingly, while this is news outside the US, apart from blog entries, I hadn’t seen or heard it covered on US “News” 24hr or otherwise, TV or Radio, unless you did?