Trump Administration Signals Intent to ‘Load Up’ Gitmo with Newly Captured Jihadists

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has signaled that it plans to “load up” the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with newly captured “bad dudes” linked to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and other Islamic terrorists and their affiliates. President Trump vowed to “load [Guantánamo] up with some bad dudes” before being inaugurated, and U.S. Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions has been an ardent supporter of that pledge. Last Friday, Sessions, his deputy Rod Rosenstein, and U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats visited the Guantánamo, commonly known as Gitmo, facility. According to Ian Prior, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the purpose of Session’s first trip to Gitmo as AG was to gain “an up-to-date understanding of current operations.” The trip was also intended to show that Guantánamo remains a “perfectly acceptable” place to house new jihadi suspects as opposed to imprisoning them on U.S. soil and trying them in civilian courts, as former President Barack Obama’s administration had suggested. “Recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere confirm that the threat to our nation is immediate and real, and it remains essential that we use every lawful tool available to prevent as many attacks as possible,” noted the DOJ spokesman. Sessions has been very vocal in his support for keeping Gitmo running. In March, Sessions told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Gitmo is a “very fine place for holding these types of dangerous criminals,” referring to Islamic terrorists. “There’s plenty of space. We’re well-equipped for it. It’s a perfect place for it. Eventually, this will be decided by the military rather than the Justice Department, but I see no legal problem whatsoever with doing that,” declared the AG. Even as the long-time Republican Senator of Alabama, Sessions had no qualms about expressing his opposition to shutting down the prison. “We’ve spent a lot of money fixing it up,” Sessions told Hewitt. “And I’m inclined to the view that it remains a perfectly acceptable place. And I think the fact is that a lot of the criticisms have just been totally exaggerated.” Soon after Trump took office, the New York Times (NYT) indicated that the president intended to keep his pledge and keep Gitmo operating, reversing eight years of his predecessor’s policy. Former President Obama failed to keep his promise to shut down the facility, which as a candidate he claimed he would do on his first day in office. Although some of the Gitmo prisoners released by Obama have returned to terrorist activities or are suspected or doing so, the former president did not incarcerate any new jihadists at the facility.

Glad to hear we’re gonna put this perfectly good, and cost-effective, facility back to good use.  Bringing these terrorists caught on the battlefield back to the states (where they enjoy all sorts of legal protections) was the WRONG idea.  So, glad to hear that foolish decision by Obama is being reversed.  Excellent!!   To read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

4 comments

  1. I was unaware that Obama didn’t add any new detainees to GITMO. When it comes to GITMO, Obama engaged in Orwellian doublethink. He had no qualms about killing terrorist suspects with drones, but he didn’t want to capture and detain them indefinitely. Very strange moral “reasoning” in my view.

    I wrote a short essay (800 words) titled, “Why Captured Terrorists Can Be Detained Indefinitely.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/indefinite-detention/

    1. Thanks for your input, Chris! Obama is a lawyer who never trusted the military. As someone who served as an Army Intel officer for over a quarter of a century, including under him, that alone was problematic. Obama preferred to bring those captured on the battlefield back to the U.S. for prosecution here on U.S. soil in a civilian court, versus going through a more appropriate military tribunal NOT on U.S. soil (i.e. GITMO, etc.). Obama also believed that those captured on the battlefield should be entitled to Geneva Convention protections. However, the Taliban, ISIS, and many of the other Islmao-fascist nutcases that were picked up are not/were not affiliated with any nation-state signatories to the Geneva Conventions, and therefore have no such protections. Yet, Obama wanted to ensure these Islamic terrorists were afforded such protections anyway. Again, the man is a lawyer, and that’s all he understands. For all of his alleged intelligence, he was unable to have a very simply mental paradigm shift…or refused to consider anything that didn’t comport to what he had been taught in liberal academia. Typical.. Anyway, thanks again for the input! Cheers! 🙂

  2. Historically members of the military tend to vote Republican, as a majority.. It became an overwhelming majority, especially among officers, when Bill Clinton got elected; a man who wrote in college that he “loathed the military,” Then, it got even worse under Obama, who was caught on camera during the 2008 Democrat primaries refusing to wear the American flag lapel pin, and refusing to put his hand over his heart during the playing of the National Anthem (I’m sure an inspiration to many NFL players today). Our men and women in uniform don’t appreciate their Commander in Chief giving them the finger, and then ordering them into harms way. Just sayin..

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