Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said in an interview that he would advise President Donald Trump to send suspects of terrorism to the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
His comments were disturbing.
Sessions called the detention facility as “a very fine place.”
“I’ve been there a number of times as a senator, and it’s just a very fine place for holding these kind of dangerous criminals. We’ve spent a lot of money fixing it up. And I’m inclined to the view that it remains a perfectly acceptable place,” he added.
When asked what would be his advice to Trump if new suspects were captured, he said, “There’s plenty of space. We are well equipped for it. It’s a perfect place for it. Eventually, this will be decided by the military rather than the Justice Department. But I see no legal problem whatsoever with doing that.”
For critics this commission is dysfunctional. It was not able to deliver justice for more than 15 years after the 9/11 attacks.
Sessions criticized the legal complications left behind by the Obama administration.
“We’ve got to get the military on board,” Mr. Sessions said. “By now, we should have worked through all the legal complications that the Obama administration seemed to allow to linger and never get decided, so nothing ever happened. So it is time for us in the months to come to get this thing figured out and start using it in an effective way.”
However, he did not mention what in his view was wrong on the military’s part, nor did he give an alternative.
For Sessions, Guantanamo Bay, a symbol of gross human rights abuses, is a very fine place where detainees are tortured to such an extent they prefer death over life. Several detainees have allegedly died in Guantanamo waiting for justice.
But Sessions is not keen on bringing suspects to civilian court for prosecution by the Justice Department. "I don't think we're better off bringing these people to federal court in New York and trying them in federal court where they get discovery rights to find out our intelligence, and get court-appointed lawyers," he said.
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