POLITICS: White House

Dem senator presses Pentagon on Guantanamo feeding

Politics,White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says she opposes the force-feeding of terror suspects at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is pressing the Pentagon to establish a more humane treatment.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday saying the force-feeding is a policy that conflicts with international standards. She also said that the U.S. prison system has several safeguards that aren't being used at Guantanamo.

As of Wednesday, 104 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo were on hunger strike and 44 of them were being fed to prevent dangerous weight loss.

Feinstein traveled to Guantanamo with Republican Sen. John McCain and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on June 7.

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