July 10, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who once called the Guantanamo Bay detention camp a ‘very fine place’, visited the prison on Friday as the Trump Administration signals a move to reverse former President Barack Obama’s efforts to shut it down.
Sessions traveled to the military detention facility in Cuba with his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, to gain ‘an up-to-date understanding of current operations,’ Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said.
While Trump promised to ‘load it up with some bad dudes’ after Obama whittled down the prison’s population from 242 to 41, he has not publicly announced any policy on the prison’s future.
On his first trip there since becoming attorney general, Sessions said it was a ‘perfectly acceptable’ place to detain new terrorism suspects, as opposed to holding them in the U.S. and having his own Justice Department try them in civilian courts.
This article was posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:55 am