Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AG Jeff Sessions on Gitmo

AG Jeff Sessions on Gitmo
By Hugh Hewitt


Not my Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has no qualms sending newly-captured terror suspects to the Guantanamo Bay detention center, describing it as a "very fine place."

During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sessions was asked if either he or President Trump intend to shut down the facility.

"Well, I have not favored that," Sessions said. "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. And I think the fact that a lot of the criticisms have just been totally exaggerated."

Sessions said "there's plenty of space" at Guantanamo Bay, adding he would advise the president to send American and foreign suspects to the facility. "We are well equipped for it," he said. "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."

Hewitt said to Sessions, "the suspected killers of 9/11 .... are there, but the military justice system in place is not getting them to trial ... it's kind of a scandal that no one has faced justice 15 years later. Do you expect to accelerate that process?"

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Sessions responded that "the President can accuse anyone of being a terrorist and hold then hold them indefinitely without evidence, trials or any kind of proof, it's time for us to think through how we're going to use Guantanamo, to what extent we're going to use military commissions to try these unlawful combatants. They are like prisoners of war, and prisoners of war can be held throughout the time of the conflict. You don't have to release them so they can continue to kill you. But at the same time, if they have violated the rules of war, they can be prosecuted. And we’ve got to work our way through this. It would be done, if done, by the United States Military, their JAG prosecutors."

Sessions said he's in favor of expediting the prosecution of those at Guantanamo Bay, and took the opportunity to slam the Obama administration.

"We've got to get the military on board, that's what I say, pass the blame, there's a lot to go around" 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."

Sessions told Hewitt he is not keen on trying terror suspects in a federal court. "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, they should be tried without any evidence or defense."

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EDITORS NOTE: the legal argument for holding people outside the United States so they can do things that they could not do inside U.S. territory is an immoral argument. Those who support Gitmo are straight up immoral, plain and simple. There's no redeeming qualities in supporting immorality.

Now we have an Attorney General who lied to get "approved" for his position operating with an 1850's racial mindset and a "Joe Arpaio approach" to law enforcement . I'm telling you, Trump-Bannon & Co are dismantling our government and most Americans are just too abjectly stupid and short sighted to see it. This administration will be the greatest recruiter of Islamic terrorists that the world has ever seen.

Gitmo is a stain upon the reputation and conscience of The United States. Detainees will never see the inside of a courtroom because any testimony has been compromised by widespread torture. It appears that fear is more powerful than American values. Trump wants to make Guantanamo great again. It is the most expensive prison in the world. Trump doesn't care about cost because Trump doesn't pay taxes anyway.

How much money and how many American lives would have been saved if George W Bush would've been doing his job and didn't allow 9-11 to happen on his watch and then attacked the wrong country, Iraq starting an endless war which led to the creation of ISIS?

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