U.S. Justice Department attorneys argued -- at a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to make public the videotapes of a prisoner being force-fed at Guantanamo Bay prison -- that courts cannot order the unsealing of evidence that has been classified by the government.
The long list of Obama's shames includes the retention and forced feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, 84 of whom have been cleared for release, many of whom have never been charged. A short animated film produced by The Observer allows five of them to tell their story.
Todd Ashker, a prisoner in solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay Prison, speaks to "Democracy Now!" via recording Friday about the conditions in which he's being held.
As lawmakers call for an end to the force-feeding of Guantanamo detainees, the California strike serves as a reminder: Inmates in this country can ultimately be given the same treatment.
Amid calls for President Obama to allow independent physicians to visit hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman for the facility said Thursday that no doctors working there had balked at feeding inmates against their will.
The head of the American detention center confirms that his officials have been carrying out the aggressive practice in an attempt to preserve the lives of prisoners on hunger strikes.