WASHINGTON (AP) -- A physician has told a U.S. court that the government is applying ill-advised procedures as a form of punishment for hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
The assessment by Dr. Steven Miles came at a hearing where lawyers for Abu Wa'el Dhiab are challenging the conditions of confinement that Dhiab faces at the hands of his jailers.
The U.S. military forcibly removes Dhiab from his cell, straps him on a restraining chair and force-feeds him. Dhiab calls the procedures abusive.
The government refuses to say how many other Guantanamo Bay detainees go on hunger strikes. Lawyers for the Justice Department said the military only feeds prisoners against their will to keep them alive.