Trump Calls For Military Trials Of Americans At Gitmo

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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If elected president, Republican Donald Trump may send citizens of the United States who are accused of terrorism to the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a military trial.

"I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine," Trump said to the Miami Herald before he gave a speech to home builders in Miami Beach, Florida, on Aug. 11.

Trump has said in the past of Guantanamo Bay that he would like to "load it up with bad dudes."

During his interview with the newspaper, he would not specify whether he would again allow terrorism suspects who were captured abroad to be sent to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

“I want to make sure that if we have radical Islamic terrorists, we have a very safe place to keep them,” Trump said. “[President Barack Obama is] allowing people to get out that are terrible people.”

In March, Trump tweeted his anger over a detainee who was released from Guantanamo Bay that later killed an American.

“A detainee released from Gitmo has killed an American. When will our so-called ‘leaders’ ever learn!” he wrote.

According to an official who spoke with CNN in June, less than 15 of the Guantanamo detainees who were released have gone on to attack Americans or coalition forces in Afghanistan. The number of Americans killed in these attacks is believed to be in the single digits, the official said.

"Unfortunately, there have been Americans that have died because of Gitmo detainees," Paul Lewis, the Pentagon's special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure, said at a March House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

A total of 676 detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay as of January. Of them, 118 have returned to fight against the United States and coalition forces, and a further 86 are suspected of returning, according to a report from the Director of National Intelligence.

Current federal law prohibits Americans from being tried at military commissions, such as Guantanamo Bay, the Miami Herald notes. In order for Trump to change the law, an act of Congress would be required.

Sources: Miami Herald, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, CNN / Photo Credit: Val Kerry/Flickr

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