Trump Calls Guantanamo Prisoners Dangerous-Urges Halt To Transfers

Trump Calls Guantanamo Prisoners Dangerous-Urges Halt To Transfers

Editor: Draco Cooper | Tactical Investor

Trump Calls Guantanamo Prisoners Dangerous

At the Guantánamo military prison—a desolate place near the eastern tip of Cuba—detainees began a chant that grew louder as it spread: “Obama! Obama! Obama!” It was Election Night in November of 2008, and the returns had made it clear that Barack Obama had soundly defeated John McCain. The chant echoed from blocky concrete buildings arranged into camps, where “compliant” detainees watched television and took classes, and “non-compliant” ones passed their time in twelve-by-eight-foot cells.

The sound of the chant stopped short of the top-secret Camp 7, where the C.I.A. held “high value” detainees, including five men charged with participating in the attacks of September 11, 2001. But at Camp Justice, which housed visiting defence lawyers and military prosecutors in facing rows of tin sheds, the lawyers formed a chain and mamboed through the prosecutors’ side, chanting their own refrain: “Hey, hey . . . goodbye!” The prosecutors evidently took offence: a shoving match broke out.

Obama spoke about the issue with particular passion. “In the dark halls of Abu Ghraib and the detention cells of Guantánamo, we have compromised our most precious values,” he said. Full Story

 

 Trump signed an executive order to keep the Guantanamo Bay military prison open.

Mr Trump announced the move in his State of the Union address.

The decision reverses that of former President Barack Obama, who had said he wanted to close the controversial site “as soon as practicable”.

The facility in Cuba has been used since the 9/11 attacks to detain what Washington calls “enemy combatants”, but only 41 prisoners remain there.

“In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists only to meet them again on the battlefield,” he added, giving as an example the Islamic State group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was held in US custody in Iraq.

The facility has been controversial since its opening, with human rights groups complaining about conditions there amid allegations of torture. Full Story

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