GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Navy medical staff giving tube feedings to hunger-striking detainees do it anonymously, just like every other member of the military at the prison camp complex.
Guards wear serial numbers in the place of their name tapes. Commanders display acronyms, for example SMO, for the Senior Medical Officer, a Navy commander or CAMP V OIC for the name of the Army captain whos the Officer in Charge of the maximum-security ordinary detainee lockup.
But to give it a personal touch the Navys medical staff have for years worn pseudonyms to work on cellblocks, clinics or hospital where they conduct the tube feedings that the captives lawyers say are forced and the military says are collaborative, with hunger strikers voluntarily getting strapped into a feeding chair.
One rotation took its monikers from colors and another used birds, for example, making it possible to see Petty Officer Purple or Lt. Sparrow in Navy uniforms.
The recently arrived Navy medical crew went with a more literary approach and borrowed from Shakespearean characters, meaning the men and women sailors moving around the blocks last week included Desdemona, Gertrude and Malvolio.
One sailor tagged as Bertram explained good-naturedly that the name belonged to a donkey suggesting somebody had read the wrong Cliffs Notes. Bertram was a cavalry officer in Alls Well that Ends Well who behaves like an ass, while Bottom ends up as a donkey in A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Twilight, NBA 2K13 OK, not Thrones
Reporters visiting the detention center library a trailer whose titles number 18,200 books, 2,200 DVDs and 800 games can usually count on a contractor there called Milton for some insight into what the captives of a decade or more are reading. Last week, he said interest in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had waned along with requests for just about everything. I dont know why, he said, shrugging when a visitor quoted the guard force as saying requests had stopped sometime after the hunger strike started.
He attributed a dip in movie requests to the fact that most captives have access to satellite TV. In addition, he added, the detainees had not exactly turned in all their library-issued items. Four fresh copies of the last Twilight episode, which Milton bought at the Navy base commissary, were still in circulation, as were authorized electronic games called John Madden NFL 2013 and NBA 2K13.
Prison camp staff had reviewed Twilight, Milton said, and concluded that the romantic scenes were soft enough and the violence fictional enough for the detainees to see. Not so the TV series Spartacus No way, Milton said nor Game of Thrones, which he said was particularly taboo for its hard core violence and sexual content.
Asked about the acclaimed program Homeland, a knock-off of an Israeli TV series, he replied: Thats out of the question.
Some more popular films prior to the current strike included Ice Age: Continental Drift, a cartoon, Hollywoods remake of the old Brother Grimm fairy tale Snow White and the Huntsman and The Vow. Thats the Tatum Channing movie about the guy whos wife gets amnesia. Channings other 2012 movie about male strippers, Magic Mike, didnt make the cut.