A new guidance for the military is that they only have 30 days max to hold any ISIS detainees (they call them “operatives”) that they capture. The Pentagon is not real sure for exactly how long yet, but will figure it out with the next batch that are captured. Talk about management on the fly. Leadership at its worst. Then after the United States military has interrogated them, the detainees are to be handed over to the Iraq government. There they will all be held securely and will always be available for future interviews. I have my own idea about how dependable the Iraqi government is: Not very. This program can very easily turn into a catch and release program, but the Pentagon says it is not. Read on in disbelief.
As Written by Lucas Tomlinson at FOX NEWS:
US military won’t hold ISIS detainees more than 30 days, policy not ‘nailed down’
The U.S. military has no plans to hold captured Islamic State operatives for more than a month before turning them over to the Iraqi government, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition based in Baghdad told reporters Friday.
“Fourteen to 30 days is a ballpark figure, but even that is not really completely nailed down,” said Col. Steve Warren, a U.S. military spokesman based in Baghdad. “There isn’t a hard definition of short-term.”
On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also made clear that the policy for holding operatives is, at best, evolving. He said they would be handled on a “case-by-case” basis over a “short-term” period.
The lack of a well-defined policy for handling captured ISIS terrorists is in turn raising concerns on Capitol Hill.
“The law requires a comprehensive detainee policy,” a congressional aide said. “By definition, ‘we’ll figure it out if we ever capture anyone’ is not a comprehensive policy. “
Some on Capitol Hill are concerned the vague short-term detention policy hampers the U.S. military’s ability to gather intelligence, particularly in the wake of administration plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.