Trump signed an executive order to keep the Guantanamo Bay prison open. Will anything change?

February 1, 2018

Article features Carr Center Senior Fellow Alberto Mora and upcoming speaker Mark Fallon.

Mark Fallon, the author of “Unjustifiable Means” and a former chief investigator at the Defense Department’s Criminal Investigation Task Force, believes that sending anymore captured combatants to the prison would be reductive to the country’s national interests.

“Guantanamo is a symbol of torture and injustice around the world,” Fallon said. “When I see the President saying he’ll load up Guantanamo with more people [it’s] dangerous rhetoric that could only drive foreign fighters to the battlefield.”

The basis for the legal challenge to ISIS combatants being sent to Guantanamo lies with the current AUMF policy that was enacted before the creation of ISIS. But Alberto Mora doesn’t think legal challenges would be fruitful. 

Mora said he would be watching closely to see what comes out of the 90-day review Trump ordered of Guantanamo policy, which will be carried out under Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

“What I think Mattis and his team will find after that period is that our current detainee policy has failed,” Mora said.

Read the full article from PBS.

See Mark Fallon speak Wednesday, February 7,  at the Carr Center.