Pressure mounts on Obama to stop Guantanamo force-feeding

Posted at 6:28 PM, Jul 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-09 20:48:18-04

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two senior Democratic senators demanded on Tuesday that the United States stop force-feeding certain detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, a public stand that added to a rising chorus of protest over their treatment.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, and Richard Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip, registered their strong opposition to the practice during the confirmation hearing of James Comey to become the next FBI director.

“This is inhumane,” Feinstein said, noting that she wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about the matter but hadn’t heard back.