Trump Signs Order To Keep Guantanamo Bay Detention Center Open

Trump Signs Order to Keep Guantanamo Open

During his first State of the Union Address to Congress, President Donald Trump announced there has been a change in how U.S. forces will conduct the war in Afghanistan.

Mr Trump announced the move in his State of the Union address. "And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are".

"In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of unsafe terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield ― including the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi. So today, I am keeping another promise.to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay".

The order says the US maintains the option to detain additional enemy combatants at the detention center in Cuba, when necessary. Transferring an ISIS fighter to the base would nearly certainly invite immediate legal challenges. But his efforts were stymied by Congress. "I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qa'ida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists ― wherever we chase them down".

The office of the Director of National Intelligence said in its most recent report on the subject that about 17% of the 728 detainees released from Guantanamo are "confirmed" and 12% are "suspected" of re-engaging in militant activities. Decisions on disposition of terrorists detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base will be taken on a case-by case basis, the White House said in a release following Trump's signing of the executive order on "Protecting America Through Lawful Detention Of Terrorists". "I worked to find a way to close the prison without compromising security", Bush wrote in his memoir.

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The prison, which was opened by President George W. Bush to hold suspected militants captured overseas after the September 11, 2001, attacks, came to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.

During his 2016 election campaign for the USA presidency, Trump pledged to keep the facility open, saying, "We're gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me, we're gonna load it up".

In November, Trump should he would "certainly consider" sending the suspect in a NY terror attack to Guantánamo Bay. Americans captured him in the beginning of the war in Iraq, and released him a year later, thinking he was a civilian agitator rather than a military threat.

The Trump administration has initiated criminal prosecution for several suspected ISIS fighters since taking office in 2017.

Mr Trump made it clear during his campaign that he wanted Guantanamo to remain open and to "load it up with some bad dudes", but he has not yet sent a new detainee to the facility.

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