It appears that Trump is close to following through with that promise. A draft executive order is circulating the White House that would instruct the Pentagon to house future prisoners from the Islamic State group in Gitmo, The New York Times reported.
There has been some concern in political circles over what such an order could mean for the war against the Islamic State. Some believe that it could jeopardize our entire fight against the terror organization.
“If a judge says the Sept. 11 authorization does not cover such a detention, it would not only make that detention unlawful, it would weaken the legal basis for the entire war against the Islamic State,” Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor, told The Times.
As The Times noted, Congress never actually authorized the use of force against the Islamic State. The Obama administration used the already existing use of force authorization against Al Qaeda, which dated form 2001, arguing the the Islamic State was a splinter cell of Al Qaeda.
Trump would most likely be able to get Congress to authorize use of force against the Islamic State group, as Republicans control both houses of Congress, and it would be political suicide to publicly state you were against fighting terrorism.
You can read the draft order here.
Democrats who cheered every time Obama released more prisoners from Gitmo are going to be panicking over the latest development. Worldwide terrorists are getting another proof that Trump won’t be the pushover Obama was.
Yahoo News noted that this new draft executive order leaves out language about re-opening the controversial CIA “black sites” — covert holding facilities for detained terrorist suspects that had been set up in various countries after the 9/11 attacks. Earlier reports had suggested that the Trump administration was looking at re-opening the black sites, but it has since backed down from that position.
It should be emphasized that at this point this is simply a draft. Dozens of drafts of executive orders are circulated around the White House all the time — many of which are never signed or even seriously considered.
What this does show is that Trump is serious about using Gitmo to house some of the most dangerous extremists in the world. He isn’t going to let some liberal tears stop him from doing what he considers necessary to protect America.