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Have You Assisted in my Forced Feeding and Illegal Imprisonment?

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So here you are 43 years old, 4 kids, and in prison now for 12 years. What for, you ask? Nothing! Absolutely nothing, and as a matter of fact 4 years ago I was officially cleared of anything by all the authorities involved, and it was determined there was no reason for my being held. That was 4 years ago and I am still in prison.

I feel I will never be released. I have never been charged with anything. I have never been brought before a lawyer. I have no constitutional rights. For 12 years I have been unable to watch my kids grow up. Out of despair, and to protest my illegal imprisonment, I decided to go on as "hunger strike." A hunger strike is legal, and it is an individual's choice. It is the only means of protest I have, but my captives got angry and decided to punish me for protesting. They decided that I should be force fed and they make it as brutal as possible.

They drag me from my cell 3 time a day. They strap me securely to a chair with five belts and hold my head in place while they take an oversized tube (they use a large tube to make it more painful) and insert in through my nose, down my throat, and into my stomach, and then begin to pump the food through the tube into my stomach.

Sometimes they pump it too fast, which is very painful. They do this intentionally because they are punishing me for my protest. Sometimes they coat the tube before insertion with olive oil, which can be fatal, again just to punish me for my protest. Don't believe me? My captors filmed 28 separate forced feedings which I think you should see. My captors do not; they will not release the 28 filmed forced feedings. I do not think I will ever be released even though I have done nothing wrong, and all the authorities agree with my innocence.

I do not think I will ever see my wife and children again. I think I will be tortured with forced feeding until I die here. There are 85 others like myself, who authorities say should not be held for any reason. They committed no crime, but like me are still in prison. Is this what America is all about? Have you done anything to help me and others who are being held like this? If not, does this make you and accomplice?

This is the story of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, one of many illegally held people in Guantanamo Prison. I gathered the facts of his story from Human Rights groups and assumed his personae because he is not allowed to speak for himself.

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Joe Clifford lives in Rhode Island and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy but ventures into other (more...)

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