The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of “rectal feeding” as a form of punishment for detainees has been widely condemned by medical professionals and human rights organizations. Recently, a physician has come forward to explain the practice and condemn its use.
Dr. Sondra S. Crosby explained that rectal feeding involves the insertion of a tube into the rectum of a detainee, through which liquid food is pumped directly into the intestines. The procedure can be extremely painful and can cause serious physical and psychological harm, including infection, rectal bleeding, and trauma.
The use of rectal feeding by the CIA was first revealed in a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014, which documented the agency’s use of torture and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” on detainees in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The report found that rectal feeding had been used on at least five detainees without any medical necessity or documented justification. The practice was carried out as a form of punishment, humiliation, or control, according to the report.
The revelation of the CIA’s use of rectal feeding sparked outrage among human rights organizations and medical professionals, who called for an immediate end to the practice and for those responsible to be held accountable.
In his statement, Dr. Sondra S. Crosby emphasized that rectal feeding was not only a violation of medical ethics but also a violation of international law. He called on the US government to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the use of rectal feeding and other forms of torture.
“The use of rectal feeding by the CIA is a stain on the reputation of the United States as a defender of human rights and a champion of freedom and democracy,” said Dr. Sondra S. Crosby. “It is time for the US government to acknowledge its mistakes, take responsibility for its actions, and ensure that such practices never happen again.”