Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay detention center open

Trump to announce his plan to keep Guantanamo Bay open during first State of the Union address Trump expected to announce order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open
Ellis Copeland | 31 January, 2018, 08:49

Just before the 2018 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed at continuing the operation of the U.S. military's prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil", Trump said.

"I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing Secretary Mattis, (who is doing a great job thank you), to reexamine our military detention policy, and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay", Trump said.

The United States may transfer new detainees to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba if needed, according to the executive order signed by Trump.

There are now 41 people being held at the site, but Trump has signaled his desire to utilize the facility - promising during his presidential campaign to "load it up with some bad dudes".

While the new directive does nothing to immediately resolve the legal quandary dating to the administration of President George W. Bush, it does require the secretary of defense to recommend a method for determining the fate of individuals captured by the USA forces, including sending them to Guantanamo. "And in many cases for them it will now be Guantánamo Bay", Trump said.

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"Terrorists are not merely criminals".

In the address, Trump said that he had signed an executive order to keep Guantanamo open.

The facility has always been criticized for the mistreatment and abuse of detainees, prompting many to call on the USA authorities to close the facility.

The order also said that U.S. detention operations at Guantanamo Bay are safe, legal, humane and consistent with global law.

Trump also asked Congress to make sure that in the fight against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, the United States has necessary power to detain terror suspects "wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them".

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