Attorney General Jeff Sessions is known for his support of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, which he has publicly called “a very fine place,” and is now spreading that same enthusiasm to President Trump.
Sessions visited the prison this week, and talked to media about how President Trump is giving it use again. Trump’s policy is entirely opposite of ex-Pres Obama, who was trying to empty out the prison and shut it down.
While Trump promised to “load it up with some bad dudes” while he was campaign, but has not mentioned it since, Sessions is confirming that the administration is quietly moving towards using the prison again.
The Daily Mail reports:
On his first trip there since becoming attorney general, Sessions said it was a ‘perfectly acceptable’ place to detain new terrorism suspects, as opposed to holding them in the U.S. and having his own Justice Department try them in civilian courts.
‘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,’ Prior said.
Even as an Alabama senator, Sessions has long been a vocal supporter of the continued use of Guantanamo and its military commissions, calling it a ‘very fine place for holding these kind of dangerous criminals.’
‘We’ve spent a lot of money fixing it up,’ Sessions told the conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt in a March interview.
‘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.’
President Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign that he wanted the detention facility open and promised to ‘load it up with some bad dudes.’
And while executive orders to send new prisoners there have been drafted, Trump has not signed off on them.
The embrace of Guantanamo Bay now represents a complete reversal of eight years of efforts to close the detention center, which opened on the base in January 2002 to hold and interrogate suspected enemy combatants.
The Obama administration ran on the promise to shut down the facility, but never fulfilled that promise.
What Obama did though was send people to other prisons, whittling down the population of Guantanamo from 242 to 41.
The prisoners left there are either waiting military court dates, including several who are charged with aiding in 9/11.