WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court panel is wrestling with a challenge to force-feeding hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Cuba.
A lawyer for the detainees admits he is seeking a ruling "that may lead to death." But attorney Jon Eisenberg told judges Friday that authorities at the base are force-feeding detainees before their lives are at risk.
Judge David Tatel asked what should happen when detainees reach that stage.
Justice Department lawyer Daniel Lenerz says that force-feeding is used only to maintain a detainee's health and life.
Guantanamo officials say that all 15 men still participating in a hunger strike are approved for force-feeding. That means they are sometimes force-fed, but it can vary from meal to meal, depending on the circumstances.