Judge Orders Release of Videos Showing Gitmo Force-Feeding

Media outlets had been fighting for the release


A federal judge has ordered the disclosure of videotapes that show the force-feeding of an inmate at Guantánamo Bay.

Days before the first legal challenge to the force feeding is expected to begin, Judge Gladys Kessler of the Washington DC district court on Friday ordered the government to prepare public versions of 28 videos showing a Syrian detainee, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, forcibly removed from his Guantánamo Bay cell and fed through a tube inserted through his nose into his stomach.

Kessler's ruling came after a coalition of media organisations, including the Guardian, applied for disclosure of unclassified versions of tapes that the US has never made available.