Mos Def Voluntarily Undergoes Guantanamo Bay Force-Feeding Procedure

Rappers usually focus on big butts and even bigger paychecks. Mos Def, whose real name is Yasiin Bey, stands out as a major exception.

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18 Responses

  1. Visitor

    “Mos Def Voluntarily Undergoes Guantanamo Bay Force-Feeding Procedure…”

  2. NoPE

    Oh C’mon MOS Def you can do better than this — it’s a really complicated issue. Why not show both sides?

    • hippydog

      “it’s a really complicated issue.”
      umm.. not really.. even nazis got a trial in court.

      • Pinko

        That was in many cases not true and back then, the US was actually going for the victory and not the fair play award. For example after the Malmedy massacre, some american units was issued the order that: “No SS troops or paratroopers will be taken prisoner but will be shot on sight.” On the eastern front, it was even more widespread and members of the SS was usually shot right after being captured.

        The situation today is that the islamic terroists are not playing by any rules, and they torture and kill their prisoners in the most horrible ways. There is a logical way to react to that, and it doesn’t include giving them lawyers and all sorts of rights. It can’t be a one way street.

        • hippydog

          “It can’t be a one way street. ”
          Actually, it can be a one way street, and at times it even needs to be..
          I really hope your not using the “Malmedy massacre” as proof that its ok to break the Geneva convention?

          • Pinko

            “Actually, it can be a one way street, and at times it even needs to be.. ”
            Not in the long run, if you want to win. Also it certainly isn’t the time now. The islamic terrorists is laughing at the weakness the United States is imposing on itself and certainly feel encouraged by it. They kicked their ass in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and both countries will be islamic theocracies, threatening the US. Seriously, the US never had a chance to begin with, due to all the self-hate and ridicules nonsens about conventions. It is like AIDS and designed to weaken only one side of the conflict. Just stop being so bloody feminine and bring back people like Patton and MacArthur. The western world is so weak and pathetic, that it is a disgrace. They can’t take any losses either and if the US had a day in Iraq, like the British had at the first day of the battle of Somme, they would have surrendered to Saddam Hussein. Essentially the culture is getting corrupt and weak, as it was the case with old Rome. When that happends, the barbarians will destroy you.

        • Gary

          The law is exactly a one-way street. A serial killer doesn’t play by the “rules” but when captured they’re put through the system. You started off with an educated statement and went way off course.
          And let’s not forget, many Nazi’s not only got trials but citizenship and jobs.

  3. Visitor

    “it’s a really complicated issue”
    Not even close.

  4. Pinko

    Couldn’t he find someone more worthy of his concern, than islamic terrorists? Perhaps he could get himself raped, killed and etnically cleansed, like members the religious minorities in for example Iraq and Egypt. On the other hand, I wouldn’t watch a video of that though. 🙁

  5. Chris

    I am reminded what one of the world’s most notorious prisoners said: “…. no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”― Nelson MandelaHow the US can try and claim the moral high ground over any country when it has prisoners held without trial for years is beyone me.It doesn’t matter what they are supposed to have done – they should receive a fair trial and be judged accordingly.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Incarceration, in my opinion, often raises serious problems with solutions that are inevitably flawed and contradictory (but sometimes, necessary). I recently watched a documentary on Netflix about solitary confinement, specifically its use in the US for dangerous and problematic inmates. Academics studying this topic (including one from Harvard) clearly pointed to research showing that solitary confinement causes insanity over a prolonged period of time, and is very unnatural for the psyche.
      They even interviewed many of these prisoners, many of whom were clearly expressing the onset of serious mental problems. One likened himself to the character played by Tom Hanks in Castaway, who made friends with a washed-up volleyball (named ‘Wilson’). These people were not doing well; oftentimes they could articulate their worsening conditions.
      Yet, these individuals who are being locked in solitary are being treated this way because of demonstrated violence towards guards and other inmates. I’m not necessarily agreeing with the initial penalties they received, but now they are ‘on the inside’ and a major problem.
      So, what’s the solution? Being a prison guard is one of the most difficult, mentally challenging, and thankless jobs in the world. They are often babysitting the worst, most f-d up people in our society who we definitely do not want wandering around on the streets. They are knifing guards or throwing feces in their faces, potentially making them contract serious diseases (among other issues).
      In many ways, I err on the side of keeping these guards and officials safer and more in control, yet… does that mean I am advocating the very horrific action of corroding one’s sanity (and erasing any chance of rehabilitation)?

  6. DMNrules

    this is what one does when their music/acting career is in the toilet…

  7. TOm

    A lot of you are missing the point here, you’re watching a video without knowing the reason it was made. It’s not about Mos or about terrorists.
    As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure.

    Warning: some viewers may find these images distressing.

    Read more about Ramadan force-feeding AT Guantánamo Bay HERE:

  8. hmmm

    wasnt Obama gonna shut this place down on day 1. oh yeah just another ploy to get votes 4 1/2 years later still open

    Visitor Tuesday, July 09, 2013
    YouTube is actually promoting the video right now under ‘Popular videos’.
    Thumbs up!
    Guess it goes to show that not even Google can be evil all of the time.