Top Democrat presses Pentagon on force-feeding at Guantanamo

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks with reportersin Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
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WASHINGTON The force-feeding of terror suspects at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, runs counter to international standards, medical ethics and the practices at American prisons, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday in pressing the Pentagon to establish a more humane treatment.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who traveled to Guantanamo earlier this month, wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that she opposes the force-feeding of prisoners who have been on a hunger strike to protest their conditions and indefinite confinement.