United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
742 F.3d 1023 (2014)
Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, and Abu Dhiab (plaintiffs) were confined as detainees at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Guantanamo). To protest their ongoing imprisonment, the plaintiffs went on a hunger strike by refusing to eat unless released. In response, the federal government initiated a force-feeding protocol using nasogastric tubes inserted through each plaintiff’s nose and into his stomach. Each plaintiff had previously filed a habeas corpus action in district court against the federal government. The plaintiffs then filed suit against President Barack Obama and others in his administration (defendants), seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the force-feeding protocol. The district court denied the plaintiffs’ requested relief. The plaintiffs appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Tatel, J.)
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