Mos Def attempts force-feed procedure allegedly used on Guantanamo detainees
July 9th, 2013
01:05 PM ET

Mos Def attempts force-feed procedure allegedly used on Guantanamo detainees

Rapper Yasiin Bey - whom you might better know as Mos Def - says he voluntarily attempted the standard procedure for force-feeding detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

The aborted procedure was captured in a four-and-a-half-minute video commissioned by human rights organization Reprieve, with the intent being to raise awareness and support for Gitmo detainees who are being involuntarily fed while on a hunger strike.

In the video, Yasiin enters a stark-white room in his everyday clothes before changing into an orange jumpsuit. He's then handcuffed, and strapped to a chair.

The artist is quiet as - according to Reprieve - two UK doctors prepare a feeding tube, but as the team begins to insert the tube into his right nostril Yasiin squirms, groans, yelps and eventually pleads for the procedure to stop. According to Reprieve, the doctors were following an involuntary feeding protocol outlined on Al Jazeera in May 2013.

"Please! Stop! This is me," says Yasiin before breaking down in tears.

After collecting himself, Yasiin thanks the organization for putting the project together.

"I really want to thank you guys for setting this up, and having the idea to do it. I really didn't know what to expect," he says. "When the tube went in, the first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning ... and then it starts to be like, really unbearable, like something is going into my brain. ... I really couldn't take it."

The graphic video, directed by BAFTA winner Asif Kapadia, was posted on The Guardian's website Monday. As the UK paper notes, the images contained in the video may be disturbing for some viewers.

Of the 166 detainees who were at Guantanamo as of July 2, CNN was told that 106 of them are being tracked as hunger strikers. Forty-five of those participating in the hunger strike, which is being conducted in protest of their treatment at the prison, are being fed through tubes directly to the stomach or intestinal tract.

The controversial issue has turned into a court battle, as the lawyers for four detainees have tried to end the force-feedings ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Monday evening. However, the U.S. government has rejected the petition, saying on July 3 that the force-feedings provide "essential nutrition and medical care" and don't interfere with the detainees' observant fasting during Ramadan.


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  1. YOUR BLOCKS FROM THIS MACHINE PARAMOOSE 1 ARE COMING OFF...YOUR TAKE IT OFF AND PUT IT BACK ON WHICH IS WHAT THE REPORT SAYS....THANKS

    –IIIIIIII

    July 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PARAMOOSE WEFE HEARS PRACTICALLY NOTHING....

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    July 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. THE FAMILY I....DO YOU THINK SHE FINALLY UNDERSTAND A COP HAS TOO ASK ME PERMISSION TOO LOOK AT MY ACCOUNTS...NO SHE DOESN'T GET IT DOES SHE.

    July 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YES YES...THE BLUE VERIZON PHONE IS BLOCKED ALSO....IGNORE HER

    July 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cajr

    these terrorists can gripe and moan all they want. they did what they did now have to accept the karma. I just hope its liquefied pork they are getting.

    July 10, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Get your facts right your amazing nation is holding many innocent people in that prison people who they have noo evidene to support their alleged crimes...wake up .....many prisoners have come out of there and they were held captive for no reason and then what happens is the government has to pay out compensation

      July 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • PARAMOOSE 1

      the woman had a problem this morning so that's why she's doing this

      July 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jane

    the problem with this issue is going on for years...there is nobody too blame

    July 10, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    The Dandy Goat's take on this is very funny: an article about how Mos Def has agreed to undergo beheading to highlight the plight of innocent people abroad. Check out The Dandy Goat for the full story ....

    July 10, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dick Cheney

      Let's see how long you last getting water boarded, rap punk. You're an Al Qaeda sympathizer and propagandist seeking the spotlight because your singing can't get you there.

      July 10, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Stop pointing out things you want me too read...nobody cares.

      -

      July 10, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. melissajean0

    It's actually not THAT awful. All they need is for the person to do is swallow & the tube would go down. These prisoners aren't going to be allowed to starve, because THEN we'd be accused of mistreating them, hunger strike or not. If they die during a hunger strike, people would be angry that they were even able to be on hunger strike. "Why didn't you make them eat?", they'd say.

    July 10, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Juliett13

      We should just let them kill themselves. Less money wasted, less problems caused ect. if thats what they want to do. As far as their Ramadan rights...Why do prisoners who have plotted or carried out horrendous crimes against humanity even allowed all these damn rights! They dont deserve special accommodations because of their blood thursty religion. It's in the name of that very religion that they attempted to murder innocent people!

      July 10, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. mario

    there's a spray that can make our your nasal passages numb making it easier to insert the tube. Simple spray and in goes the tube, 5 minute procedure including 2 minute wait for spray to take effect. mos def crying, although sounds realistic is very convincing but feeding tubes are pretty common if you work in the health industry.

    July 10, 2013 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. heartfelt

    thank Mos Def for bring attention to this, I know the people being held there are mean people. they have done or tried to do terrible things. Yet there are some there who have not done anything but being held and have no one to advocate for them. Why would we do this to another human being are we anydifferent than those who do the bad and evil things. this looks evil to me.

    July 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikaman3000

      Your right Mos Def, we should just let them die. Thanks for pointing that out in your video

      July 10, 2013 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • x

      hypy ive had the tube for three months what bunch of cry babies really

      July 10, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Do Gooder

      So true. This highlights man's inhumanity to their fellow man. Just because Al Qaeda wants to establish a global religious tyranny and will indiscriminately slaughter innocents to achieve it doesn't mean we have the right to detain them from advancing their agenda. Milk and cookies for terrorists, I say!

      July 10, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Hello

      stop blaming others -

      July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. addict82

    People including children have feeding tubes put in all the time, yes many times they are unconscious, but not always, im thinking his reaction was part show

    July 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George W.

      Thank you! Of course it was staged...Elderly people in nursing homes often have feeding tubes inserted...

      July 10, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • x

      hype what a bunch of little girls little girls would be braver then you cowards ive had and know small children with a tube down passing there stomach to the intestine is even harsher stage of tube feeding this is hype of the cry baby's ive had the tube for over three months what a bunch of bay's really

      July 10, 2013 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hedi is too blame for eveything that has happened here....she made it public information...no married couple on earth would do that...none...

    -

    July 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the man is mistreatedin every which way...

    hope 1 day he will get the respect he deserves.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. report in hands...sunny hudson

    will confirm with the folk when I meet them for lunch prior to heading back too employment...thanks

    July 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NO 7 D'S HERE IS THE HUDSON HACK..

    July 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  16. derp

    Mos def

    initely an idiot.

    July 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. M.A.P

    your one of them

    July 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Die loser. You cannot impersonate me. Your postsmake no sense and are increadibly irritating – much like I expect you would be like in real life.

      July 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • here is a little secret mands....nobody wants too be you

      July 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Everyone wants to be me and everyone loves me becuase Im funny and intelligent. You are a fat illiterate loswer, who noone caresabout. You would not be missed.

      July 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. 64IPU--MEGAPATH

    Time for church dear...

    July 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sneaks

    if its you...daz not how you get a girl nowadays...your technique is not that good.

    July 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |

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