Mos Def Gets Force Fed Guantanamo-Style

nobel peace prize winner approvedReprieve/The GuardianYasiin Bay, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, recently volunteered to be force fed in the way many of the hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo are, a procedure The Guardian notes was made public through a leak. You can watch the video, organized by the Guantanamo Bay rights group Reprieve, here.

The force-feeding at Guantanamo has been described as torture by former prisoners and rights groups. About 100 inmates at Guantanamo Bay remain on hunger strike. They will continue to be force-fed through Ramadan, which begins today, although not until sundown in order to honor “the tenets of their faith,” according to a prison spokesperson.

President Obama claims he still wants to close Guantanamo Bay down, but has not yet done so. Mos Def appeared to back Obama when he was first running for president in 2008, and doesn't seem to have walked his support back in the last five years. Here he is defending Obama's decision to ignore the push for marijuana legalization back in 2009

And here’s “Fear Not of Man,” a Mos Def song from 1998 that serves as a reminder that government’s desire to be omniscient precedes the post-9/11 mentality:

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  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, just exactly when is Obama closing the prison at Guantanamo?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    When there stops being Republicans to obstruct him.

  • Homple||

    Or, when there are places whose people will accept the prisoners being turned loose among them.

    Got a spare room?

  • R C Dean||

    Or, when there are places whose people will accept the prisoners being turned loose among them.

    Geez, we could have tried (in a SCOTUS-approved military tribunal) and executed (or freed) them all by now. Why wasn't that done?

  • Homple||

    You'll have to ask the People In Charge about that; I have no idea.

    Have you any thoughts on the subject?

  • SugarFree||

    His hands are tied. The evil GOP is twirling dozens of pocketwatches in front of his glazed over eyes at any given moment. BOOOOOOSH!

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm surprised he hasn't closed the base and just transferred the prisoners to some other country. Just so he could dance around and tell his lapdogs how we "Kept his word."

    In all seriousness without the slightest trace of snark or exaggeration, is this our most dishonest president ever?

  • SugarFree||

    He's certainly the one being caught in the most lies. Clapper and Holder have both been proven to have lied to Congress, and nothing else happened.

  • Pro Libertate||

    How do we not have a special prosecutor? What the fuck is going on?

  • SugarFree||

    The GOP won't push for it and the media wouldn't back them up. And, frankly, Ken Starr's wide-ranging snipe hunt put almost everyone off them.

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's obvious this administration is rife with corruption. If not now, when? After the GOP gets control of both houses? When Jupiter is in Aquarius?

  • ||

    If they go after Obama, what will happen when their utterly corrupt scumbag gets in the White House? They don't need that kind of precedent.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I'd normally agree, but I don't think that's what's happening right now. I think they're worried that they'll get hit electorally if people don't give a shit.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    And, frankly, Ken Starr's wide-ranging snipe hunt put almost everyone off them.

    Meh. That had a lot more to do with a bit of political jiujitsu by the Clintons than with any particular excess on Ken Starr's part. The trick was to shuffle everything off to the special prosecutor and then sink the special prosecutor for being too nosy. It relies on the public not paying particular attention. And it worked like a charm.

  • RBS||

    He's more than just the most dishonest, his open contempt for the citizens of this country should put him up there with the most evil.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I just wanted to focus on that one characteristic, rather than debating on whether he's worse than Nixon.

  • RBS||

    Then yes, he's the most dishonest. He's also one of the worst liars I've ever witnessed.

  • kinnath||

    Dumber than Carter; Dirtier than Nixon.

  • creech||

    Guess Mos Def isn't understanding OGL clearly, so perhaps he should change his name to Most Deaf.

  • Dweebston||

    They will continue to be force-fed through Ramadan, which begins today, although not until sundown in order to honor “the tenets of their faith,” according to a prison spokesperson.

    Such a bizarre world.

  • SugarFree||

    But think of the joy of Eid al-Fitr, that will be celebrated by force feeding them four or five times in one day.

  • Timon 19||

    Not just Eid, but sundown every night, after the evening prayer, you have Iftar - which is a massive feast most days.

    Then there's the pre-dawn Suhoor, where you eat as much as possible so you don't pass the fuck out during the day.

    Just imagine if Guantanamo was at a higher latitude at this time of year...

  • ||

    It's not the force-feeding that matters, it's what time of day, because religion. Yeah, our government isn't fucked in the head or anything.

  • Michael||

    Mos Def appeared to back Obama when he was first running for president in 2008, and doesn't seem to have walked his support back in the last five years. Here he is defending Obama's decision to ignore the push for marijuana legalization back in 2009

    Watching Hitchens utterly decimate him in an argument made me realize just how embarrassingly stupid Mos Def is, so this sounds just about right.

  • RBS||

    Even the supposedly "intelligent" artists usually turn out to be pretty damn stupid. They just parrot the right talking points.

  • Andrew S.||

    Hitchens was also party to my favorite moment in Maher history, where he called the audience idiots for clapping at some stupid thing that Maher said, and then flipping them off when they booed him.

  • rts||

  • Irish||

    Holy shit that is awesome.

  • DRM||

    Why are we not letting them starve themselves to death, anyway?

  • ||

    They will die (or not die) when the government says, not before!

  • Homple||

    Let them have the Bobby Sands treatment - offer nourishment regularly but don't shove it down their throats.

  • Drake||

    So first they fucked up Cat Stevens, now Mos Def? Will the Islamic terrorists stop at nothing?

  • ||

    To be fair, I don't think there was anything to fuck up with Mos Def. Did you see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?!?

  • R C Dean||

    I guess I'm not clear on why any prisoner would be force-fed. Their choice to eat (or not). If they want to starve to death, I say go for it. Saves the taxpayers money, etc.

  • ||

    Because letting them starve is "inhumane"™, while force-feeding them is also inhumane.

  • Zeb||

    I don't know. Suicide is illegal? Probably mostly because it would make Guantanamo look even worse and get it back into the news more.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    You are all property of the state. You may die when your overlords command and not before.

  • ||

    This. Prisoners on a hunger strike are defying the almighty authority figures. The nerve!

  • SIV||

    It's illegal to do that to a goose in California.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    Fortunately, cosmotarians can still stuff their faces with foie gras at their beloved beltway cocktail parties.

  • SIV||

    More like:

    faux gras

  • ZackTheHypochondriac||

    It should be illegal in both cases however as most of the geese arent leaders of terrorist organizations I think they should get priority.

  • SugarFree||

  • el Diablo Gigante||

    and I give a fuck because?

  • el Diablo Gigante||

    why is anyone listening to this mental powerhouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9U05Nih4RE

  • Mensan||

    I don't see much reason to feed them against their will. If they want to starve, let them. However, if inserting an NG tube is torture, then we routinely torture patients at the hospital.

  • el Diablo Gigante||

    I'm glad the LA Times posted the video in the Entertainment section, because that was A: Indeed entertaining and B: Acting

    Anyone who has worked in a hospital at any time in their life knows that a simple nasal canula insertion is a common and routine procedure that is in no way torture.

  • el Diablo Gigante||

    Oh and Mos you infinite fucking pussy, this little girl apparently can "suffer" through this torture daily inserting her feeding tube all by herself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJIFOCbPTjo

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