Torture to turn your stomach

For more than three months, 200 detainees at Guantanmo Bay have been on a hunger strike to draw attention to their mistreatment. But they were perhaps overestimating the compassion of the American media, as their strike has gotten very little press and generated even less concern.

Now at least 21 prisoners are being force-fed, with what they say are dirty feeding tubes that have been violently inserted and withdrawn as punishment.

According to lawyers who have recently visited Guantanamo, the repeated removal and insertion of the tubes has caused striking prisoners to vomit blood and to experience intense pain.

The prisoners are being force-fed despite a 1975 Tokyo declaration by the World Medical Association, and supported by the International Red Cross, stating that doctors should not participate in force-feeding, but keep prisoners informed of the sometimes irreversible consequences of their hunger strike.

Amnesty International and human-rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, confirmed that US authorities were keeping 21 alive by forcing food into their stomachs through tubes pushed up their noses. The prisoners are shackled to their beds 24-hours a day to stop them removing the tubes, he said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee may want to ask Supreme Court nominee Harriet Meirs what she thinks about the U.S. torturing people who haven't even been charged with a single crime.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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