In a public statement on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he would "certainly consider" sending the New York terrorist to Guantanamo Bay, the maximum security prison for the world's worst terrorists in Cuba. Just ahead of a cabinet meeting President Trump told the press, "Send him to Gitmo — I would certainly consider that, yes." When reporters questioned the president regarding the terrorist family and whether they posed a threat to America he answered that he indeed thought they were.
After the bloody attack in New York on Tuesday, Saipov told the FBI that he "felt good about what he did" and he wanted to kill as many people as possible showing absolutely no remorse. Federal charges were filed against Saipov as law enforcement officials confirmed that he followed the Islamic State playbook "to a T" carrying out the attack in the name of ISIS.
The President also told media Wednesday, "We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker … then the punishment these animals are getting right now," the President said. "We need quick justice, and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now, because what we have right now is a joke, and it's a laughing stock, and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place."
Around the same time, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., publicly argued that Saipov should be labeled an enemy combatant so that he could be interrogated without a lawyer present. "If you take up arms against the United States in the name of radical Islam, you should be treated as a terrorist," she said. "You'll never convince me that the best way to gather intelligence in this war … is reading them their Miranda rights."
The president does have the power to classify an individual as an enemy combatant which allows the United States to detain a person without trial and without rights granted to civilians. The right to an attorney is among those rights stripped from an enemy combatant. Even Senator John McCain weighed in with support for labeling Saipov an enemy combatant, "From Orlando to San Bernardino and Boston to Manhattan, we must not consider these attacks on our homeland in isolation, but rather recognize them for what they are: acts of war. As such, the New York terror suspect should be held and interrogated — thoroughly, responsibly, and humanely — as an enemy combatant consistent with the Law of Armed Conflict."
A similar appeal went out to make the Boston Marathon bomber an enemy combatant but the Obama administration did not declare it so.
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