Consider Sending NYC Truck Attacker to Guantanamo Bay

Trump says New York City attacker 'should get death penalty'

US President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded death penalty for Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov after he killed eight people in a truck attack in NY.

The president doubled down on his earlier tweet, typing, "Should move fast".

Officials said Saipov told them he wanted to kill as many people as he could, picking Halloween because he thought more people would be outside, according to the criminal complaint.

President Donald Trump says he'd love to send the suspect in New York City's deadly truck attack to Guantanamo Bay.

Investigators said Wednesday that the man who mowed down cyclists and pedestrians in NY the day before had confessed to acting in the name of IS and said that he "felt good" about the killings.

"When you capture a live terrorist, you have the ability to question that person and you're able to glean a lot about those things", John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department, said Thursday on "CBS This Morning". In the United States, the application of death penalty is also plagued with arbitrariness, racial disparities, and error.

Trump also criticized the USA justice system, saying he would be open to sending Saipov to the U.S. military prison operated at the naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "God be with them!" another tweet read.

The president, asked by reporters on Wednesday if he would consider sending the suspect to the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center, said: "I certainly would consider that", adding: "Send him to Gitmo, I would certainly consider that, yes".

On Thursday morning, Trump reversed course and said it's best to put the alleged attacker through the USA judicial system - using some of the same arguments that former President Barack Obama advanced for shutting down Guantanamo.

He noted over 500 defendants have been convicted of terrorism-related crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

In fact, one of the terrorists who attempted back in 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death through the federal system of Justice as a terrorist, since the state of MA does not have the standard death penalty either.

Of those killed on Tuesday, five were Argentine tourists, who were among a group of friends visiting NY to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, one was a Belgian citizen, one was a NY resident and one lived in New Jersey. "He killed 8 people, badly injured 12", Trump tweeted.

Attorney Ron Kuby, who represented a blind Egyptian sheik sentenced to life in prison after a Manhattan terrorism trial, said Trump's tweets, if anything, could work against his desire to see the death penalty.

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