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November 22 2017, 01:51 | Irvin Gilbert
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President Donald Trump unloaded during a press appearance on Wednesday on the 29-year-old man accused of speeding a rental truck down a bike lane and killing eight people in New York City, suggesting he would consider sending the suspect to the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
Obama's predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, opened the Guantanamo center after the September 11, 2001, attacks to house and try terrorism suspects in military tribunals.
Saipov, 29, had a printout of an ISIS flag in his auto and left behind handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State, Fox News reported.
Trumpsaid earlier Wednesday that he "would certainly consider" sending Saipov to the controversial prison.
"We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting now", Trump added.
Trump called for "quicker and stronger" justice for terrorists.
Trump spoke after Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who said they thought the suspect should be taken to the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Sen Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, advocated treating him as an "enemy combatant", a designation that strips away due process protections like the right to challenge their imprisonment. "He's a terrorist, he should be kept there".
"We're fighting people who are compelled by their religious views to kill us all", he said. "It doesn't work well, but it beats the hell out of Miranda rights".
According to the New York Times, no one arrested on American soil has ever been sent to Guantánamo Bay.
Tuesday's attack in New York City also gave the President, and other Republicans, an opportunity to promote a counter-insurgency approach to criminal justice. He reiterated that push in a Cabinet meeting, saying he would "askCongress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this programme". He was a permanent legal resident here. The event spurred Trump to vow that he would end the Diversity Immigration Lottery program. "It's not nice. It's not good". The bill passed with bipartisan votes and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.