Col. Michael Bumgarner, formerly the commander of the guard force at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, urged President Donald Trump to “immediately, within the next 24 hours” declare New York City terror attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov an enemy combatant and send him to the U.S. military prison at Gitmo.
Speaking in an interview with Breitbart Jerusalem, Bumgarner warned against reading Saipov his Miranda rights, and said that shipping him to Guantanamo Bay as an enemy combatant would allow for enhanced interrogation and send a strong message to other potential terrorists seeking to attack the U.S. domestically.
Trump himself voiced similar sentiments in remarks to reporters on Wednesday.
“If this attack had occurred in Syria it would have been very clear,” said Bumgarner. “It just happened to have occurred on our homeland. But he is at war with the United States and belongs in Guantanamo.”