By Ed Pilkington and Martin Pengelly
Donald Trump proposed to designate all immigrants to enter the United States without permission as “enemy combatants” and suggested transferring them to Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, to be detained alongside terrorist suspects, according to a new author's book Anonymous, who describes himself as a "senior official in the Trump administration."
Among the many incendiary details contained in “A Warning, a behind-the-scenes account of the White House under Trump” is the revelation that The president raised the idea of changing the legal designation of immigrants, a strong strategy to keep them out of the country. The change would have effectively condemned all undocumented immigrants to receive the same legal treatment as the Al Qaeda members who conceived of the September 11 attacks.RELATED
The author of "A Warning" gained notoriety in September 2018 when he or she wrote an article for The New York Times. The column presented the author as part of Trump's internal resistance, trying to thwart his most extreme ambitions.
In the new book, which The Guardian obtained before its publication – it will be published next week – the anonymous author reveals in detail some of these crazy plans. The immigrant's plan, the author writes, arose from an unfounded conviction of Trump, according to which illegal immigration on the Mexican border is "the biggest crisis in the history of the United States."
When his proposed solution to designate all undocumented immigrants as “enemy combatants” began to circulate in the administration, it caused astonishment and anguish, writes the author.
Are you fucking me It is total madness, ”said a state official, according to the book.
In January 2018, Trump signed a decree for Guantanamo to remain a prison camp, reversing Barack Obama's policy of closing it. At the beginning of the year it was revealed that at the height of the problem of the detention of minors crossing the southern border without accompaniment, the Department of Homeland Security considered the possibility of moving some immigrant children to Guantanamo.
But "A warning" suggests that Trump wanted to go much further, applying the "enemy combatant" label to all undocumented immigrants, as a way to deter them.
The author says that the crazy idea was contrasted quickly and stealthily: "Before the president could make a public statement of the concept, the officials prevented it."
“Enemy fighters” was a legal definition of the Bush administration, used to surround international law and justify the indefinite detentions of Taliban and al Qaeda suspects, detained under the so-called “war on terror” after September 11 of 2001. The legal definition was used to skip federal courts and keep terrorist suspects in the extra-judicial military context of the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, something that was condemned worldwide.
Using the same designation for undocumented immigrants would have taken the concept to another level. As Anonymous argues, immigrants are neither enemies nor combatants, since they are not involved in hostilities against the United States.
The author says that the idea is morally offensive and "truly crazy, that the United States moves immigrant children and families to a terrorist detention center in Cuba."
Conjectures about the identity of the author, already mature, will continue to exist. He or she maintains a constant ambiguity about their attributions and is careful not to give details that can identify a meeting in which they participated.
Anonymous's vast knowledge is not modestly exposed. In addition to investigating frequent references to founding fathers, a search for White House employees with a passion for classics could yield good results.
An Anonymous article published in The New York Times quotes the Roman speaker Cicero. Anonymous also quotes Marco Aurelio and Plato and compares Trump directly with a Greek from the 5th century BC. C., Cleón, an "outstanding Athenian" who "inherited money from his father and used it to launch his political career."
A vulgar speaker, an immoral man who frequently demanded from his rivals.
Cleon, writes Anonymous, carried out populist policies and was “a vulgar speaker, an immoral man who frequently demanded from his rivals, a critic of those who had power, a speaker who appealed to people's emotions to get support. audience of their opinions. "
"Although some characterize him as charming, it is said that his speech was angry and disgusting."
Aristophanes and Thucydides wrote about Cleon, but Anonymous quotes Aristotle, who said that Cleon was the "man who, with his attacks, corrupted the Athenians more than anyone else."
The author does not support the impeachment, a destination that awaits Trump while public hearings continue. Nor does he think that using Amendment 25 to dismiss the president has been a real perspective at some point, beyond his exciting version of the White House talks about it, after the dismissal of James Comey.
Instead, the epilogue of "A warning" contains a call to the people of the United States to express themselves in the elections next year, just as the passengers of United Airlines flight 93 fought their kidnappers on September 11 .
In 2016, a widely read essay, titled "The Flight 93 Election," stated that conservatives with principles should vote for Trump because "a presidency of Hillary Clinton is a Russian roulette with a semi-automatic weapon. With Trump at least one can spin the revolver drum and play it. ”
It had been written under the name of Publio Decio Mus. It was a turn to the founding fathers -Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote federalist articles under the name of Publio- but there was also a reference to current conservatives, such as Virgil, who propagates the Deep State conspiracy theory ( Deep State conspiracy) in their contributions to the Breitbart digital media.
The original Publio Decio Mus was a Roman consul who sacrificed himself in a battle of the year 340 BC. C. The conservative who took his name was revealed as Michael Anton, who became Trump's advisor and spokesman for national security adviser HR McMaster.
McMaster, who according to many sacrificed for Trump much of his reputation as a general and military thinker, is portrayed with empathy in "A warning." Anton, however, left the White House at about the same time, a few months before Anonymous wrote the infamous column in The New York Times.
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