NY truck attack: Trump backs Guantanamo for suspect

Casey Dawson
November 2, 2017

By floating sending Mr Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, a facility that holds suspected terrorists that are termed "enemy combatants", Mr Trump again thrust the military prison into the centre of America's reaction to terrorism.

It could also open the door to military justice and transfer to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, something Donald Trump said he was willing to consider earlier Wednesday.

"We also have to come up with punishment that is far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now", Trump said, lamenting that suspects will "go through court for years". "We're so politically correct that we're afraid to do anything".

Graham called on Trump to hold Sayfullo Saipov without access to an attorney so he can be questioned by USA intelligence about the Halloween attack.

"We need quick justice and we need strong justice", he said.

Trump spoke after Sen.

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Sen Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, advocated treating him as an "enemy combatant", a designation that strips away due process protections like the right to challenge their imprisonment.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also called for trying Saipov at Guantanamo, according to the Huffington Post.

President Trump, in his first public remarks since Tuesday's terror attack in NY, called the suspect an "animal" and threatened to send him to Guantanamo Bay. "He's a terrorist and he should be kept there and there is no Miranda rights for somebody who killed Americans". "And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place". "Really?" Karen Greenberg, an expert on federal terror prosecutions at Fordham University School of Law in NY, said Wednesday of the president's suggestion.

Asked about the Guantanamo military commission's poor track record thus far, McCain conceded the system isn't working well.

The legal expert added that while the suspect is "horrible for what he did", if the United States sends him to Cuba, it will be "unfair, unlawful, and unconstitutional". On Tuesday, Graham told Fox News that "One thing I like about President Trump is he understands we're in a religious war".

"So what I suggest the administration do is in the initial phase, look at the evidence associating this man with radical islamic terrorism thought", Graham said.

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