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Pompeo wants to defend the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay inaugurate [Leah Millis/Reuters]
Pompeo wants to defend the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay inaugurate [Leah Millis/Reuters]

The appointment of worn CIA director Mike Pompeo as US secretary of relate occurred on Tuesday after months of rumours that Rex Tillerson became once on the capability out.

Tillerson became once on the total depicted as a relaxed hand of “silent stress” whereas US President Donald Trump generally opted for like a flash choices, bombastic rhetoric, and controversial protection positions. The 2 males disagreed on many points, alongside with the Iran nuclear deal and the Gulf crisis.

Pompeo, within the meantime, is a controversial figure who has voiced strengthen for torture, wants to defend the prison at Guantanamo Bay inaugurate, and has a history of xenophobic remarks.

How will Pompeo’s previous enjoy an tag on his characteristic because the US’ top diplomat? 

On Muslims, immigrants

Pompeo became once elected to the Home of Representatives in 2010, representing Kansas relate correct thru the skills of the Tea Occasion, the extremely-conservative department of the Republican Occasion.

He ran in opposition to Democratic candidate Raj Goyle, a lifelong Kansas resident and son of Hindu-Indian immigrants.

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That failed to quit Pompeo from posting a link to a weblog on his campaign’s Facebook page that known as Goyle “valid any other turban topper we don’t need in Congress or any political office that presents with the US Structure, Christianity and the us of The USA!”

The slur became once written by Bob Pinkstaff of Wichita, a retired US militia serviceman. The remarks came after Goyle “dodged” a interrogate about his faith correct thru a debate old to the 2010 election.

Goyle known as Pompeo out for sharing the weblog, announcing the “bigoted assault” went “beyond the foundations of engagement in politics”. Pompeo apologised, announcing it became once “inadvertently posted”.

In 2013, two months after the Boston Marathon bombing, Pompeo took to the Home ground to accuse US Muslim leaders of failing to sentence “extremist” assaults.

“Silence has made these Islamic leaders across The USA per chance complicit in these acts,” he acknowledged.

Corey Saylor, worn director of the Council on American-Islamic Family department that displays Islamophobia, instructed Al Jazeera that Pompeo being appointed secretary of relate is a “continuation of the troubling insurance policies we enjoy seen popping out of the Trump administration”.

Referring to the message it sends to leaders of Muslim-majority states, Saylor acknowledged this would well perhaps signal a lack of “respect” for their faith and systems of lifestyles.

Juan Cole, a visiting professor at Qatar University, became once extra announce about the US’ sleek top diplomat, describing Pompeo as “out of regulate”.

Cole acknowledged that Pompeo is an “Iranophobe” who carefully favours Saudi Arabia within the contest for regional hegemony. 

Pompeo has commented that “if the Saudis and the Israelis must mix in opposition to Iran right here is all to the valid,” Cole continued. “And for sure Qatar is caught within the center of that.”

Saudi Arabia is share of the Arab quartet that has maintained a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar since June, over alleged ties to “terrorism”. Qatar has denied the allegations.

On Torture

Pompeo has moreover taken a stalwart stance in favour of “enhanced interrogation” tactics, or torture systems, alongside with waterboarding, worn to interrogate those suspected of violent activities.

Pompeo criticised the administration of worn president Barack Obama for closing “black sites” – secret prisons worn to interrogate suspects in any other country – and the requirement for interrogators to follow anti-torture authorized guidelines.

In 2014, Pompeo accused Obama of neglecting to “defend the war on radical Islamic terrorism significantly”.

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The comments had been acknowledged to enjoy motivated Trump to defend in mind Pompeo because the prolonged speed CIA director. Trump acknowledged on the campaign slump for the 2016 elections that he would defend in mind bringing aid waterboarding “and a hell of loads worse”.

At his 2017 confirmation listening to old to US legislators to defend the characteristic of CIA chief, Pompeo acknowledged the agency wouldn’t restart torture on his look.

Alberto Mora, senior fellow at Harvard’s Carr Heart for Human Rights Coverage and worn smartly-liked counsel of the US Navy, instructed Al Jazeera this became once a “confirmation conversion” supposed to ease the minds of wary legislators. 

Composed, “it doesn’t salvage rid of or supplant a obvious file of strengthen for torture for the length of the the rest of his occupation”, Mora acknowledged. 

The worn smartly-liked counsel led a campaign in opposition to the employ of torture in Guantanamo Bay, the US naval scandalous in Cuba where international nationals suspected of acts of “terrorism” are imprisoned.

 On Guantanamo Bay

Whereas Pompeo has backtracked on torture, his strengthen of Guantanamo Bay looks to be unwavering. 

The prison camp became once one of many testing grounds for the “enhanced interrogation” tactics of the administration of worn president George W Bush.

A quantity of US officers enjoy known as for the prison’s closure, alongside with Obama.

One in all Obama’s first acts as president became once to signal an relate to terminate Guantanamo. The scandalous became once by no capability closed. Pompeo has spoken favourably of this final result.

“GTMO has been a goldmine of intelligence about radical Islamic terrorism,” Pompeo acknowledged in 2016.

Many of the forty one detainees at Guantanamo enjoy by no capability been tried. Of those males, 31 are being held in indefinite “law-of-war” detention. Five of these are instructed for switch if security cases are met.

Yet any other seven enjoy been charged by the militia criminal justice draw, which is separate from US civil law. Yet any other three had been convicted.


The newly appointed secretary of relate wrote in an op-ed within the Kansas Metropolis Giant name in 2015 that “there is no longer a proof that these and other detainees wouldn’t immediate return to the battlefield taking a respect to assemble hurt to our infantrymen, our voters and our project of lifestyles.”

Omar Farah, a senior group of workers attorney at the Heart for Structure Rights who litigates circumstances at Gitmo, instructed Al Jazeera that “vilifying the prisoners is a tired trick to excuse a Guantanamo protection that became once brutal and dumb from day one.”

Even if the forty one detainees are the “hardened terrorist” Pompeo contends, a “valid, constitutional democracy owes even its worst prisoners better than 16 years and counting of indefinite imprisonment”, acknowledged Farah.

The appointment of Pompeo because the US’ top diplomat moreover implies that “Trump’s instincts are sharpening”, the attorney added. Pompeo will moreover be a “grief for Guantanamo.

“Outmoded secretaries of relate and their envoys had responsibility for negotiating Guantanamo releases. With Pompeo at the helm, or no longer it’s uncertain any individual leaves Guantanamo alive without a judicial relate,” Farah acknowledged.

Even if Pompeo and his supporters might per chance well perhaps leer the continued detainment of “terrorists” at Guantanamo a success, Mora predicted that “Pompeo is no longer inclined to be a a success secretary of relate.

“I express that essentially because Pompeo’s insistent opposition to human rights, as evidenced by his strengthen of torture, makes him unqualified.” 

Growing Up Guantanamo

Al Jazeera Correspondent

Growing Up Guantanamo

SOURCE: Al Jazeera Recordsdata

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