Jan 25, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Draft Trump order would undo Obama rules on detainees, CIA prisons

Brennan Linsley / AP

The New York Times got its hands on a draft of Trump's executive order titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants." Highlights:

  • Revokes the Obama policy allowing the Red Cross access to all American wartime detainees.
  • Instructs DoD to use Gitmo "for the detention and trial of newly captured" detainees.
  • Begins policy reviews regarding the reopening of CIA black sites.
  • A version obtained by the Washington Post has a section [it's on page 4] explicitly forbidding treatment defined as torture by U.S. law.

From someone who knows, John McCain: "The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America."

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