'Idiotic': Rights Groups Slam Trump for Reactionary 'Send Him to Gitmo' Threat

Saul Bowman
November 2, 2017

A ThinkProgress editor was not happy about President Donald Trump's threat to send the suspect in Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York City to the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that he would "certainly consider" sending Saipov to Guantanamo and suggested US federal courts are not capable of trying and prosecuting terrorists.

"Send him to Gitmo", Mr Trump said.

We have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now.

The police have identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who arrived in the U.S. in 2010, earned a green card, and worked as an Uber driver and a truck driver. "I would certainly consider that", Trump responded. "We have to get much less politically correct".

The President added that the ISIS-inspired attacker from Uzbekistan was the "point of contact for 23 people" that entered the U.S.

On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD, John Miller, said Saipov had been planning the attack for "weeks".


"I think it's kind of absurd in the hours after this bad attack to be using it as a fulcrum for a debate that's been going on in Congress for completely different reasons", Representative Adam Schiff of California said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

The president then doubled down on his call for "merit-based" immigration system following the attack.

"The terrorist attack in NY is the latest brutal, horrific example of the war that radical Islamist extremists are waging against our nation and our way of life", McCain said in a statement Wednesday.

Miranda rights refer to a required warning to criminal suspects that they have a right to remain silent and not incriminate themselves.

Graham said suspect Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of killing eight people by mowiing them down with a rented truck, was "motivated by radical Islamic thought, that he killed in the name of radical islam and that he is expressing his allegiance to ISIL".

He also suggested he would consider sending the suspect to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "There is enough evidence to believe that he qualifies as an enemy combatant under the law of war", said Graham.

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