As Trump has vehemently proclaimed he will eradicate radical Islamic terrorism, it is expected for his administration to take the necessary steps toward that goal.
It was reported today that there was apparently a process to review the way in which the CIA interrogates terrorists and to draft a new executive order that would facilitate the reopening of CIA black sites outside of the U.S. This would, in turn, expunge Obama’s series of executive orders in which he banned these terrorist detention centers and limited the pool of techniques interrogators could use to a list in the Army Field Manual. As a replacement, it would revive a 2007 Bush order which protected CIA interrogators from prosecution from using unlisted techniques.
However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has just declared in a press conference that, “It is not a White House document.” He went on to note that he is unaware of where it originated and that the president has not seen it.
A copy of the previously alleged draft order was obtained by the Associated Press, who reported that it was called, “Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants.” The AP also posted that it, “instructs top national security officers to ‘recommend to the president whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States and whether such program should include the use of detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.’”
President Trump ran on the platform of being the law and order candidate, dedicating his presidency to defeating the Islamic State, and strengthening U.S. defense. Although this executive order did not originate in the White House and was in turn denied by the Trump Administration, it could be a sure step in the right direction, providing more efficiency to the CIA when investigating those who pose a threat to U.S. national security. Thus we can only hope, and trust, that Trump will make similar moves to provide for the security of the American people.