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Continued: Obama renews bid to shutter Gitmo

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He also noted that the AMA endorses the World Medical Association’s Tokyo Declaration, a 1975 statement forbidding doctors to use their medical knowledge to facilitate torture.

It says that if a prisoner makes “an unimpaired and rational judgment” to refuse nourishment, “he or she shall not be fed artificially.”

The military’s policy, however, is that it can and should preserve the life of a detainee by forcing him to eat if necessary.

Protest escalated

The current protest began in February and escalated after a raid this month in which guards confined protesting detainees to their cells.

The impetus for it is disputed, but both sides agree that the root cause is frustration over the collapse of Obama’s effort to close the prison, which drew congressional resistance, and the fact that no prisoners have been transferred because of restrictions on where they can be sent.

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