To the astonishment of many, President Trump decided to send the Arizona 850th Military Police Batallion for a nine-month mission to Gitmo base in Cuba today.
The official statement of the Arizona National Guard says that “this is the second deployment for the 850th Military Police Battalion in the last 10 years in support of overseas contingency operations.”
This may seem like a random act, but given that there are currently only a handful of detainees left in Guantanamo base (55 is the official figure), sending a whole battalion does sound like overkill.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/developingstory?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#developingstory</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AZNationalGuard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AZNationalGuard</a> 850th Military Police Batallion are deploying tomorrow for nine months at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GTMO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GTMO</a> On the Friday between Christmas & New Year's- is this a classic "PR dump" or just the way the military works? What do you think of this mission? <a href="https://twitter.com/azfamily?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@azfamily</a> <a href="https://t.co/MfNPqjpHwR">pic.twitter.com/MfNPqjpHwR</a></p>— Sean McLaughlin CBS5 (@SeanOnTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanOnTV/status/946579310546075649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 December 2017</a></blockquote>
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Furthermore, with Vice-President Pence visiting just a fortnight ago and Secretary of Defense James Mattis making the first visit by a Pentagon Chief in 16 years on 21 December, the internet is rife with speculation that new prisoners will soon be transferred to Gitmo again.
During his visit, Mr Mattis did not tour the detention facilities but held meetings with the officers and offered Christmas wishes to the soldiers present.
The last defense chief to visit Guantanamo Bay before him was, in fact, Donald Rumsfeld, who went there in January 2002, only a few weeks after the first detainees arrived from Afghanistan.
The detention centre, which was set up to hold suspected terrorists shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was high on Trump’s list during the Presidential campaign, when he stated: “We’re going to keep, as you know, Gitmo, we’re keeping that open."
President Trump asked Congress in the spring of 2017 for additional funding, which the Republican-controlled House incorporated in a 2018 spending bill. The goal is to provide $115 million to build new military barracks for U.S. troops stationed at the base. It furthermore states that the detention camp would be shielded from closure and prevents the transfer of detainees to the United States.
Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstien, Black and Hispanic Caucus's will be sent down for termination. Maybe….
Never in my 58 yrs of life have I felt it was hopeless if a candidate would win. Clinton, I was thinking bomb bunkers, survival methods and defense. Seems radical for a elderly woman but that was how it seemed. Trump winning meant hope, life and a future. But anger when I saw the deep state how they planned on taking over our country. Never had I said hang them but shooting seemed to costly for people hell bent on committing espionage and treason. As an American the distrust felt when it all started to unfold how those we elected was treating American tax payer money as their private check book. So get the pop corn out when they announce the names. Power to the potus
They can talk about walnut sauce, pizza, hot dogs and hankerchiefs all they want with each other when they are there.
Historic. It also seems executions from there likely as well. All these criminals who thought that they would get away with it. Because it was their game. Since day dot. Not anymore!
This same month, 122 (!) members of the Minnesota National Guard have returned from GITMO after 9 months of service. So the 50 (!) members of 850th Military Police Batallion being deployed to replace them is not realy 'astonoshing' news.
Best part about gitmo is no due process. We can hold prisoners there and send them to military tribunal and nobody would know the difference. Where is George Soros? Missing for a month now. Perhaps hes at gitmo?
If the idea is to build a holding pen for the swamp boys, then he's gonna need a bigger island than Gitmo !!
I REALLY hope this isn't all for show. I sort of wondered if Hillary's surgical boot/house arrest is just smoke and mirrors to make people THINK some real change is occurring.