30 Whittier L. Rev. 783 (2008-2009)
Hunger Strikes: Challenges to the Guantanmo Detainee Health Care Policy

handle is hein.journals/whitlr30 and id is 809 raw text is: HUNGER STRIKES:
CHALLENGES TO THE
GUANTANAMO DETAINEE
HEALTH CARE POLICY
KRISTINE HUSKEY & STEPHEN N. XENAKIS*t
Following the tragic events of September 11 th, the nation was
absorbed by a climate of shock and fear. Most Americans did not blink
an eye when government officials characterized the individuals
detained at the United States Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay as the
worst of the worst and instructed interrogators to take the gloves
off' to dig deep for critical intelligence that would defend the nation
against similar heinous acts.1 The Administration appeared to receive
*   Co-authored by Kristine Huskey, Esq., Clinical Professor and Director of the
National Security Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law and Stephen N.
Xenakis, M.D., Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army, Adjunct Professor, Uniformed
Services University of Health Sciences. Shane Sanders, Khadine Bennett, and Nomi
Goheer assisted in the research for this article.
t Shortly before this article went to print, the new Administration instigated
events that may have a significant affect on the health care policy, specifically the
response to the hunger strikes, at Guantanamo. Any appreciable change or distinct
consequences affecting the hunger strikers due to such events have not been seen, felt,
or heard by the authors at the time this article went to print.
1. John Barry, Michael Hirsh, Michael Isakoff, Mark Hosenball, Roy Gutman, T.
Trent Gegax, Julie Scelfo, Melinda Liu, Rod Nordland & Babak Dehghanpisheh, The
Roots of Torture, Newsweek 26 (May 24, 2004) (quoting H.R. and Sen. Intel., Joint
Investigation Into September I1th: Hearing Before the Joint House-Senate Intelligence
Comm., 107th Cong. (Sept. 26, 2002) (Cofer Black, Former Chief of the
Counterterrorist Center, Central Intelligence Agency stated: There was before 9/11
and an after-9/l1. . . . After 9/11, the gloves came off.)); Tom Lasseter, Day 1:
American's Prison for Terrorists Often Held the Wrong Men, McClatchy Newspapers,
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/detainees/story/38773.html (June 15, 2008); Katharine
Q. Seelye, Threats and Responses: The Detainees; Some Guantanamo Prisoners Will

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