President TrumpDonald John TrumpCynthia Nixon calls for Americans to 'take to the streets' if Trump fires Mueller Trump declines to implement new Russia sanctions Comey praises McCabe: He 'stood tall' while 'small people' tried to tear down the FBI MORE on Tuesday signed an executive order to keep open the military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.
"This is a step backwards - Guantanamo was shown to be a shameful mistake long ago and needs to be closed", the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted last week after Politico first reported on a draft State Department cable previewing the decision.
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 within 90 days a method for determining the fate of individuals captured by the U.S. forces. "When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them", said.
"But one must be clear:ï¿½Terrorists are not merely criminals". They are unlawful enemy combatants. "And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are", Mr Trump said during Tuesday's speech.
"To ensure that in the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them", Trump said "in many cases for them it will now be Guantanamo Bay".
According to the CCR, the move is unsurprising given "Trump's deep-seated racism" and the situation, when the White House is "stacked with white supremacists".
"But there is much more work to be done", he said.
The executive order authorised the US military to add detainees and suggested the possibility that captured ISIS militants could be sent there for the first time. "But as a symbolic matter, it changes a great deal because the two presidents before him were trying to close Guantanamo because they recognized that it was a detriment to our national security".
In the wake of 9/11 attacks, Washington opened a detention center for terror suspects at the military base at Guantanamo Bay.
"The United States remains engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaida, the Taliban, and associated forces, including with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria", it said, using language that suggested the Trump administration wanted a policy to send ISIS captives to the detention center that was set up for suspected al-Qaida and Taliban members and affiliates.
As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed "to load it up with some bad dudes". Bush voluntarily transferred more than 500 detainees out of the facility after 2002; Obama transferred an additional 182 during his time in office.
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