- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Navy medical officer has refused to force-feed terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba.

“There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee,” Navy Capt. Tom Gresback told the Miami Herald in an email Tuesday. “The matter is in the hands of the individual’s leadership.” The incident is the first known occasion that an officer has refused to manage tube feedings.

News of the nurse’s actions were made public by a prisoner’s attorney. Cori Crider of the London-based legal defense group Reprieve, which represents suspected terrorist Abu Wael Dhiab, said the nurse made the decision around July 4, the Herald reported. Mr. Crider called the unidentified individual the first known conscientious objector of the prison inmates’ 18-month hunger strike.


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The Miami Herald was not been able to verify Mr. Crider’s claims that the nurse was a male, possibly a Captain, who was roughly 40 years old.