Anyone Home?

From Scout:

The timimg of this is a bit suspicious. US troops raided the Iraq home of award winning Guardian journalist Ali Fadhil. Fadhil related that troops fired into the bedroom in which he was sleeping with his wife and child. He was hooded, taken for questioning and released hours later though videotapes of a program on which he is working were not released. The program “claims that tens of millions of dollars worth of Iraqi funds held by the Americans and British have been misused or misappropriated.”

The director of the film, Callum Macrae, said yesterday: “The timing and nature of this raid is extremely disturbing. It is only a few days since we first approached the US authorities and told them Ali was doing this investigation, and asked them then to grant him an interview about our findings.

“We need a convincing assurance from the American authorities that this terrifying experience was not harassment and a crude attempt to discourage Ali’s investigation.”

The Observer has an article on the force feeding of the 81 Guantanamo Bay detainees who are on a hunger strike.

New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantnamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive. They routinely experience bleeding and nausea, according to a sworn statement by the camp’s chief doctor, seen by The Observer.

This process is painful and violates “Article 5 of the 1975 World Medical Association Tokyo Declaration, which US doctors are legally bound to observe through their membership of the American Medical Association.” Attorneys of the hunger strikers have brought court action against the doctor responsible for the tube feedings in CA where he is registered to practice.