New York terrorist attack suspect an ‘enemy combatant’ says WH

Vastavam web: The New York terrorist attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov would be considered as an enemy combatant, the White House said today, signalling a possible detention for him without access to normal rights.The 29-year-old suspect, a sympathiser of the Islamic State terror group, was shot in the stomach by a police officer before being arrested.”We would consider him to be an enemy combatant,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference, arguing that the action Saipov took “certainly justified” that.
It could also open the door to military justice and transfer to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, very much in line with what President Donald Trump said he was willing to consider earlier yesterday.After the 9/11 attacks, the “enemy combatant” designation was used to detain hundreds of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and sites in the greater Middle East.Citing yesterday’s ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, Sanders said it underscores that the terrorist threat is real.”There are hundreds of active law enforcement investigations into foreign nationals suspected of engaging in terrorism, and US must vet those seeking entry to the United States thoroughly, she said buttressing President Donald Trump’s argument in this regard.
Hours after the attack, a million New Yorkers, including families with their children, marched through the city for a Halloween parade, she said.”Their message was heard loud and clear: The American spirit will never be broken. Those who hope we will succumb to fear will never get what they want. And those who seek to divide us will only bring us closer together,” the spokesperson said.Nash, 28, who works in the New York Police Department’s 1st precinct, shot and apprehended the suspect, who crashed a pickup truck into a school bus and hit cyclists and pedestrians, killing eight people and injuring 11 others.