Rolling Stone takes a unflattering look at a Ron DeSantis time as a US Navy Lawye back in the day….
RON DESANTIS HAS bragged about his time as a Navy lawyer at Guantanamo Bay, but in a canceled Vice documentary originally scheduled to air on Showtime, former detainees allege that he oversaw incidents they describe as “torture” and “mistreatment.”
“Officer DeSantis was one of the officers who oversaw the force-feeding and torture we were subjected to in 2006,” an unidentified former prisoner said according to a transcript of the documentary, “The Guantanamo Candidate,” obtained by The Daily Beast.
Another former detainee said in the documentary that DeSantis was “one of the officers who mistreated us” and called DeSantis “a bad person” and “a very bad officer.”
The documentary has stirred up controversy recently after news broke that Showtime’s parent company Paramount canceled its May 28 scheduled air date, possibly for political reasons. According to a Semafor report, Paramount lobbyist DeDe Lea expressed concerns about the documentary. The decision to cancel came just one day after DeSantis officially announced his presidential campaign, per The Daily Beast.
DeSantis came to Guantanamo as a 27-year-old. In the past, he has discussed the forced feedings as a response to detainees going on hunger strike. In a 2006 interview on a local CBS television station, DeSantis said a commanding officer asked him during the hunger strike, “How do I combat this?”
“Hey, you can actually force-feed,” DeSantis recalled responding. “Here’s what you can do. Here’s kind of the rules for that.”….