BAILEY T. STEEN | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018
The phrase “law and order” is more than just a racist dog-whistle for keeping the minority class in check. Used as the slogan of President Donald J. Trump’s campaign motto against the monolithic “radical Islamic terrorism”, his interpretation now includes the use of illegal, extra-judicial military detention prisons, signing an executive order on Tuesday to keep the Guantánamo Bay facility open.
As clarified by The Hill, the signing of this order doesn’t mean the Trump administration will immediately begin the detainment of perceived terrorist actors anytime soon, however, the president has left the door open for a prison — which, according to the ACLU, costs $454 million per year — to potentially repopulate the overseas camp with what he has frequently described as “some bad dudes.”
On the 2016 campaign trail, President Trump was a fierce advocate of using the facility to try not only radical Jihadists accused of terrorism, but American citizens the FBI, CIA or NSA can brand as a terrorist as well.
“I would say they could be tried there,” the Republican candidate casually told Miami Herald’s political reporter Patricia Mazzei, “that would be fine” — said softly with total disregard of the 6th amendment of the U.S. Constitution ensuring citizens have the right to a “speedy trial” in “the state in which the crime was committed”.
“Would you try to get the military commissions — the trial court there — to try U.S. citizens?” Mazzei followed up, doing the stone-face of ‘professional journalism’ where her lack of outrage is somehow okay. “Well,” he replied, “I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all. I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them.”
For several years, both former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush use the illegal prison as their “very safe place” to keep branded terrorists — established through Bush’s executive order of 2002 during the War on Terror. Prior to taking office, the Obama administration vowed to faze-out and eventually shutdown the overly expensive military prison sometime during his two terms — a promise that was not fulfilled by his own decision, having faced bipartisan attacks, according to Reuters.
Frequently, the former president vowed to have the prison removed by the decision of Congress — an incredibly fucking stupid way to repeal things that were established without the consent of Congress in the first place — which is assuming the president was truly determined on full removal at all. During his rein, he drew the inmate tally down from 245 to 41 in detainment to this day, but has left his successful with more than enough tools to see that number rise to new heights, with the former president citing the facility as a recruitment tool for the likes of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The continuing existence of Guantanamo Bay damages America’s standing in the world and serves as a recruiting tool for its enemies,” the former president once said, giving question as to why he allowed a hawk president to now use it for his own political warfare games.
What to do with radical Islamists is a legitimate concern. The Sunday Times and The Independent report of how rapidly the recruitment to Jihadist ideology has spread in worldwide prison systems, particularly in Europe and Egypt, with Professor Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London, calling this new “crime-terror nexus” a difficult enemy for counter-terrorism security services.
And we’ve seen ISIS recruit on a non-racial basis.
If the secret service were to crack down on the profiling process towards these Arab men, who make up the majority of the organisation, they’d luck out because they also happen to hire fat pale ginger kids too! It would leave America’s own red headed God Emperor™ president in quite the bind.
Particular concerning his Defense Secretary James Mattis, a significant voice in the Trump White House who has adamantly disapproved of torture — the common practice that was done on the Guantánamo Bay site. The CIA “torture report” described “enhanced interrogation tactics”, some ripped straight out of Chinese torture guides.
Prisoners were subject to beatings, bindings in stressful positions, hooding, sleep deprivation through the use of extremely loud music (to the point of hallucination), the deprivation of food and drink, no access to medicare such as bandages for wounds, waterboarding, walling, sexual humiliation, subjection to extreme heat or extreme cold (a man named Gul Rahman, suspected of ties to al-Qaida, died because of this), confinement in small coffins, mock burials, as well as rare instances of “rectal rehydration” and “rectal feeding” — which, as the name implies, involved feeding the prisoner through their fucking rear-end.
Unquestionable instances of human rights violations that have still gone unpunished and may be subjected to American citizens branded problematic by the all-powerful state.
Trump has not been consistent on torture — or frankly any issue — railing on the campaign trail he would “bring back torture” and methods “worse than waterboarding”, while after he was elected he gave press conferences saying he would defer to General Mattis on the abstaining from unjust punishment.
In order to hold a prisoner as an enemy combatant, the government must be able to prove that the detainee is a fighter for an enemy force with whom the U.S. is in a state of armed conflict — however, detainees in Guantanamo Bay were not subjected to fair trails, or even any trial, with even Ex-Bush official Lawrence B. Wilkerson telling The Associated Press that at least 25% of detainees are innocent.
“We must be clear,” Trump said during his State of the Union address before Congress Tuesday night. “Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants. And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are. In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield. So today, I am keeping another promise… to keep open the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay.”
“I am also asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down,” Trump concluded, later signing the executive order.
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Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet ™ on occasion.
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