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May 16th, 2013
07:27 PM ET

The battle to force feed Gitmo detainees

(CNN) - CNN's Chris Lawrence traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to get a rare, first-hand look at the drastic measures being taken inside the U.S. detention facility to keep dozens of inmates on hunger strikes alive.

The inmates' hunger strike marks its 100th day Friday, and shows no signs of stopping. Some of the 100 hunger-strikers will drink supplements if ordered to, but 30 detainees who refuse to eat are force fed through tubes put up their nose, down their throat and into their stomach.

"It's kind of a tough mission, this is kind of an ugly place sometimes," says a senior medical officer at Guantanamo Bay who has to remain anonymous for security reasons.

As a doctor he stands by the methods used at Guantanamo Bay. When asked if he's concerned the American Medical Association has come out against this practice, the officer responded that "there's a lot of politics involved. And I'm sure there's lots of politics that they need to answer to as well."

CNN obtained handwritten letters from one of the detainees. One reads 'Be tortured and stay detained.' Another quotes a French writer about how "your very existence becomes an act of rebellion." He sounds hopeless when he writes, "The commissions are a joke. If you lose you go to prison for life. If you win, you're held indefinitely for life."

"We don't have a goal to quote 'break the hunger strike.' We do have a mission to preserve life by lawful means," says Gitmo Spokesman, Capt. Robert Durand.

Gitmo officials showed CNN the numbing gel they offer, and say the tubes are thin and lubricated. "Nobody's expressed to me that this hurts," says the senior medical officer, but defense attorneys say shackling a detainee and snaking a tube into his stomach is inhumane.

Cori Crider, defense attorney for detainee Samir Moqbel says her client told her that "he had never felt so much pain like that in his life."

May 16th, 2013
06:58 PM ET

Syrian rebel eats heart, threatens regime

Wolf Blitzer talks to TIME's Aryn Baker about a recent video showing a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a dead soldier.

RELATED STORY: Video: Syrian rebel cuts out soldier's heart, eats it


Filed under: Interviews • Syria • TIME
May 16th, 2013
06:48 PM ET

Bags of cash to Pres. Karzai?

Sen. Bob Corker tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he's looking for answers on reports that the CIA provided millions of dollars in cash to Afghan leader Hamid Karzai. (Video)


Filed under: Afghanistan • Bob Corker • Hamid Karzai • Interviews
May 16th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

Paul: There was a "cover up" with Benghazi

Sen. Rand Paul discusses the Benghazi controversy, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the "buck stops with Hillary Clinton if not the President. (Video)

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RELATED STORY: White House releases Benghazi e-mails


Filed under: Interviews • Libya • Rand Paul
May 16th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Extreme cruelty proven: What's next?

A jury has found Travis Alexander's death to be extremely cruel. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains what's next for Arias.

RELATED STORY: Jodi Arias faces possible death penalty after jury's verdict


Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • Jodi Arias
May 16th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Rep. Issa to Holder: I just want answers

Rep. Darrell Issa talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about criticism he received from Attorney General Eric Holder. (Video)

RELATED VIDEO: Bad blood between Holder and Issa


Filed under: Darrell Issa • Eric Holder • Interviews
May 16th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

U.S. diplomat's story revealed

CNN's Brian Todd looks at the background of Ryan Fogle, the man Russia has accused of being a CIA spy.

RELATED STORY: Russia orders expulsion of U.S. diplomat accused of being CIA agent

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Filed under: Brian Todd • CIA • Russia
May 16th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

Rep. Issa on IRS: Obama set right tone

Rep. Darrell Issa talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about President Obama's call for changes at the IRS. (Video)

RELATED STORY: 'Angry' Obama announces IRS leader's ouster after conservatives targeted


Filed under: Darrell Issa • Interviews • IRS
May 16th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Writing jokes in the sky

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a joke, in the sky. Jeanne Moos reports on when joke writing meets sky-writing.

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