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Navy Nurse at Gitmo Turns Conscientious Objector

Posted July 16th, 2014 @ 11:12am by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – A Navy nurse working at Guantanamo Bay has refused to force-feed hunger-striking detainees, an inmate's lawyer tells CNN. The male nurse, whose name hasn't been revealed, at first conducted the feedings, but "as soon as he saw what was happening, he started talking to the [inmates]," attorney Cori Crider says. "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told (by superiors) was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore." The Pentagon yesterday acknowledged that a "medical provider" had recently refused to perform a feeding, and said the staffer "has been temporarily assigned to alternate duties with no impact to medical support operations."

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