Debra J. Saunders | Townhall
…the California prison inmate hunger strike is a stunt, if a dangerous stunt: The strike to protest security housing units in California prisons began with 30,000 participants; Jay Leno, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities signed a letter that denounced the SHU as “solitary confinement” and “torture.” As of Thursday, the count was down to 79 inmates, including 44 who had fasted continuously.
Days after U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson signed an order authorizing prison doctors to force-feed inmates…more than 50 additional inmates in Pelican Bay's SHU “are now going back on hunger strike.” Hmm. Do you think there will be more strikers because they know they can't starve?
Need another hint that inmates aren't serious about starving? Some prison lawyers aren't even fighting the force-feeding order…
So when Henderson allows force-feeding “in view of the risk that inmates may be or have been coerced into participating in the hunger strike,” you know it's not a trumped-up notion. His order not only acknowledged the risk that prison (read: gang) leaders threaten other inmates to go without food but also invalidated do-not-resuscitate orders made at the onset of the hunger strike. The judge clearly is concerned that some inmates also may have been coerced into signing DNRs..
…Officers make daily rounds to see who needs medical attention. A “hunger strike patient fact sheet” explains how fasting can kill — which probably accounts for the 99 percent defection rate.
The four leaders of this hunger strike aren't your standard human rights activists. All four have been convicted of murder. The feds named one as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in an indictment targeting the Mexican Mafia prison gang. Another killed a fellow inmate and member of the Aryan Brotherhood.
In a statement, Dolores Canales of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity huffed that the Henderson order is about “dehumanizing the strikers, delegitimizing their demands, and disrupting the widespread support for the protest coming from the community.” Widespread support? In the taxpaying community, there is indeed widespread, if wrongheaded, support for letting inmates starve.
The useful-idiot prison groupie crowd is willing to go there, too…(Full text at Townhall)