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Instagram sensation Jarvis Derrell on his ‘hot mess’ photos & owning his sexual health

Instagram sensation Jarvis Derrell on his ‘hot mess’ photos & owning his sexual health
The love for these folk shines through, underscoring the confidence they all show in owning differences and refusing to back down to social pressure to conform.

Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ 2017

Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ 2017

Leo Crovetto posted a photo:

Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ 2017

Miles de personas marchan desde Plaza de Mayo al Congreso de la Nación en la XXVI Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ.
Entre baile, música y gritos de lucha la comunidad alzó sus reclamos bajo la consigna “Basta de femicidios a travestis, transexuales y transgéneros. Basta de violencia institucional. Orgullo para defender los derechos conquistados.”

Sábado 18 de Noviembre de 2017. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ 2017

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch: People Are Tired Of The BBC’s Brexit Obsession

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch: People Are Tired Of The BBC’s Brexit Obsession
The smart watch strapped to Tracey Crouch’s wrist is programmed to go off when one of two things happens: breaking political news or a goal involving her beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Her tech settings sum up why the Sports Minister is frequently cited as one of those rarest of beasts: a politician doing a job they actually know about.

Speaking in her office, the 42-year-old agrees she is a “round peg in a round hole.”

She says: “There’s more to me than knowing about sport, but at the end of the day I do know about sport, and am one of these people that probably turns to the back pages before the front pages.”

Crouch’s office is adorned with sporting memorabilia, including cricket bats signed by the England team, and her enthusiasm for her job is obvious.

First appointed to the role by David Cameron in May 2015, she was kept on by Theresa May – who added the Civil Society brief after the 2017 election.

While her smart watch is set up for Spurs and breaking news, there is one topic which Crouch does not seem to want minute-by-minute updates on: Brexit.

Despite being billed as one of the “new pragmatic Eurosceptic” Tory MPs in 2011, Crouch is one of the very few Parliamentarians not to reveal how she voted in the EU referendum.

Crouch was on maternity leave when the majority of MPs declared whether they were for Remain or Leave, and she took to Twitter in February 2016 to say she was thinking more about breast pumps than Brexit.

More than 500 days after the vote, Crouch still won’t disclose which side she was on: “Of course I voted. I was one of seven MPs who never declared how I voted. Now I figure it an irrelevance anyway.

“I was on maternity leave so I wasn’t sort of het up and caught up in all the political campaigning, and then I just decided that I didn’t think it mattered.

She adds: “I just decided I didn’t want to declare.”

Going back through Crouch’s personal blog – which starts in 2007, three years before she was elected as MP for Chatham and Aylesford – it seems she just about leans towards Remain more than Leave.

In 2007 she demanded a referendum on the EU Treaty, but in a 2010 rant against the EU Draft Budget, she said: “Before anyone tries to paint me as an anti-European, I am not. I am certainly not a Better Off Out campaigner but I do think we need to bring back some of our sovereignty.”

She denies her secret position is a political calculation to appeal to those on both sides of the debate, and happily tears into both campaigns.

When asked what she made of Vote Leave and Stronger In, Crouch replied she was “extremely disappointed” as she watched from home while on maternity leave with the rest of the country.

“I think that both campaigns ran quite information-free campaigns so people really couldn’t make decisions, or were making decisions, on really kind of high-level slogans.

“People made their decisions based on a whole host of individual choices and how Brexit would affect their families and their communities and their businesses, but the campaign itself, just watching it as an outsider was really quite shocking.”

Crouch believes that while the “Westminster echo chamber” is fixated on Brexit, those outside SW1 just want the Government “to get on with delivering leave”.

“We are leaving and people come up to me in the streets and say ‘Can you ask the BBC’ – they always say the BBC – ‘Can you ask the BBC to stop reporting on Brexit?’ because they are sort of tired of it, to the extent that actually I recently wrote a column for my local newspaper reflecting this, that people are saying they are bored of Brexit. I wrote my entire column on Bake Off instead.

“They want us to do it, they want us to get on with it. I’m not sure they necessarily want the daily commentary on it.”

Tracey Crouch’s son Freddie recognises his mum on the tele.

There has been a lot to distract Crouch from Brexit since the election. As well as her 21-month old son, the Sports Minister had to deal with revelations involving those managing the England Women’s football team.

Manager Mark Sampson was sacked by the FA in September for “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” while he was in charge of Bristol Academy, while England players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence both claimed he had made racist remarks while he was the national team boss.

In November, goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall quit his role after Aluko claimed he had repeatedly spoken to her in a Caribbean accent.

In an independent review of the case, barrister Katharine Newman found Sampson had made “ill-judged attempts at humour, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on grounds of race”.

When asked if she feels the sport has had its reputation damaged by the affair, Crouch says: “The whole sorry saga has certainly tarnished not just the efforts of the chairman to reform, to be compliant with governance, but also some of the success on the pitch.”

As the former player and coach, Crouch is delighted with the “transformation” in women’s football in recent years.

Whereas youngsters can now idolise female players such as Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze, Crouch says: “I’m not even sure I was aware as a young girl playing football that there’s was a women’s team. That has changed now. When I was growing up, the players that were in my head that I was pretending to be were all male players.”

When asked who Crouch would pretend to be, she replied instantly: “Clive Allen. My hero. I won’t hear a bad word said against him.”

Crouch does not believe Sampson’s replacement has to be a woman, saying: “The England manager, whoever it is, needs to be appointed on merit. That’s the same for the men’s team. I think you should always have a manager who is there who is going to do the best for the England team.”

As Sports Minister, Crouch has not been afraid to ruffle a few feathers in order to make changes. In 2015, with figures showing participation in sport flatlining, she described the Government’s strategy as “out of date”, adding: “I’m going to rip up that strategy and start again.”

She unveiled a new plan later that year, with the focus on getting youngsters as young as five getting involved in sport and trying to get more adults off the sofa and into the park or gym.

“The new sport strategy is not designed to get somebody who is fit fitter, it is designed to get somebody who was doing nothing do something,” she says.

Ahead of the strategy being announced in December 2015, Crouch gave an interview to The Spectator which garnered some unwanted headlines.

Discussing the Government’s planned cuts to tax credits, Crouch said some people who to come her constituency surgeries “just haven’t realised some of the savings that they need to make themselves, you know it can be… things like paid subscriptions to TVs and you just sit there and you think you have to sometimes go without if you are going to have people make ends meet.”

Her comments prompted a backlash from Labour MPs, with one describing her words as “frankly offensive.”

Two years on, and Crouch is clearly angry at the coverage her remarks got, saying: “Quite a lot of debt advisors contacted me after the misinterpretation by other newspapers to say that’s exactly the type of conversations they do have to have. I’m fully sympathetic of people because I’ve been there.”

Crouch racked up £15,000 of debt when she was in her twenties, and eventually her bank manager had to cut up her credit and store cards in front of her to help get control of the situation.

Explaining how she got into such a dire financial situation, Crouch says: “Straight out of university, I arrived in London and lived with people who were earning a lot more money than me.

“I wanted to keep up and got myself into horrendous debt which took a long time to pay off.”

Crouch added: “I’m fortunate to be in a well-paid job and I wouldn’t for a nanosecond think that I had the same problems as many of my constituents but I certainly from my own past can fully appreciate and understand what they’re going through which is why I always want to help.”

Perhaps the negative coverage she received over her subscription TV remarks is one of the reasons why she – unlike colleagues such as James Cleverly – has no aspirations to be Prime Minister.

Crouch says: “I’m quite a sensitive person, I’m not sure I want to see or want my family to see the daily sort of attack on me for my principles or my dress sense or things like that.

“I genuinely don’t want to do it. I think it’s a thankless task and I would be horrified on behalf of my family if they saw me being shredded on a daily basis.”

Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Weinstein: ‘People Know Exactly What Happens – and They Play Along…’

Morrissey Defends Kevin Spacey, Weinstein: ‘People Know Exactly What Happens – and They Play Along…’


Morrissey made headlines this week by spewing an even more informed, offensive commentary about Kevin Spacey than Gay Talese.

Here’s what he had to say about the actor who’s the subject of at least 20 sexual abuse allegations at London’s Queen Vic Theatre alone (via Stereogum):

“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26 and boy 14 was wondering where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what could happen. I do not know about you, but I’ve never been in situations like this in my youth. Never. I always knew what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.”

And his comments on Harvey Weinstein:

“People know exactly what happens. And they play along. Afterward, they feel embarrassed, or they do not like it. And then they turn it around and say: I was attacked, I was surprised, I was dragged into the room. But if everything had gone well and had it given them a great career, they would not talk about it. I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed. Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who have slept with their groupies. If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors.”

And the sexual harassment topic in general:

“All at once everyone is guilty. Anyone who has ever said to someone else, “I like you,” is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment. You have to put these things in the right relations. If I can not tell anyone that I like him, how should he ever know? Of course, there are extreme cases, rape is disgusting, every physical attack is repulsive. But we have to see it in relative terms. Otherwise, every person on this planet is guilty. We can not permanently decide from above what we are allowed to do and what we can not do. Because then we are all trapped. Some people are very awkward when it comes to romance anyway. They do not know what to do and then their behavior is aggressive.”

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Who Is Shappi Khorsandi? I’m A Celebrity’s Comedian Is Going To Have The Camp In Sitches

Who Is Shappi Khorsandi? I’m A Celebrity’s Comedian Is Going To Have The Camp In Sitches
Among the usual mix of soap stars, former footballers and popstars from yesteryear on the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ line-up is one contestant we reckon everyone should be excited about.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi looks set to inject some much needed humour into this year’s jungle, and if her stand up is anything to go by, she’s going to be a hoot.

Ahead of her debut on the ITV reality show, get to know here a little better with her 9 Facts In 90 Seconds…

Shappi was born in Tehran in 1973, but left Iran as a child, after her family were forced to flee the country due to a satirical poem her father published which was seen as critical of the Islamic Revolution.

2. She is from a funny family

Both her brother (Peyvand Khorsandi) and father (Hadi Khorsandi) are also also in comedy, and she says humour is such an important part of their family.

She told the Guardian in 2015: “Being witty is seen as an important quality. No matter what terrible trouble we were in as children, if we were able to make our parents laugh it would redeem us.

“Even the assassination attempt was a huge laugh in our family.

“My dad would talk about the fact that they wanted him dead in a way that would make you howl. He bought us all Ayatollah Khomeini Spitting Image masks and he used to dress up as the Ayatollah in robes and makes us giggle.”

3. Her comedy plays on the British-Iranian cultural divide and generation gap

Having begun her stand-up career in 1997, she has worked her way up from small gigs, to the likes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’, where audiences lapped up her take on life as a British-Iranian.

If you’re a fan of ‘QI’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ or Radio 4′s ‘The News Quiz’, chances are you’ve probably seen Shappi on the panel, providing her trademark dry and observational humour.

5. She identifies as bisexual

Shappi recently revealed she is attracted to both genders in an interview with John Bishop about the lead character in her book, ‘Nina Is Not OK’, which is based on her own experiences.

“I think it’s a lot easier to come out as bisexual now but when I was her age, straight friends of mine, it would jolt them, even those that weed on gay pride parades. ’Oh, are you bisexual are you going to fancy me now?′ So you sort of go back in the closet. And don’t mention it again for another decade,” she explained.

“I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in publicly until now.”

6. She is president of the British Humanist Association

Identifying as an atheist and humanist, Shappi became president of the British Humanist Association in 2016, working with the charity to represent “people who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs”.

7. She is a mum of two and is going to miss her kids terribly in the jungle

Shappi has a son, Cassius, with ex-husband comedian Christian Reilly, as well as a four-year-old daughter, Genevieve, from a previous relationship.

Of leaving them behind to do the show, she says: “It’s going to be the longest time I’ve been apart from my children and that is frightening but I hope other people will be kind when you are having your wobble.”

8. It was her friend Joel Dommett who inspired her to do the show

Last year’s runner up and new ‘Extra Camp’ host Joel was Shappi’s inspiration for signing up for ‘I’m A Celebrity’, having known him from the comedy circuit.

“I just felt that it was a good time for me to do something like this,” she says. “It’s something a bit challenging and really out of my comfort zone. I didn’t talk to Joel about it beforehand as it’s been a big secret but I am feeling both excited and terrified about the prospect.”

9. She’s might not get on with Stanley Johnson

The pair look set for a tense first meeting on ‘I’m A Celebrity’, after Shappi slammed his son Boris Johnson over British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention in Iran, just days before joining the show.

Taking to Twitter, Shappi criticised the Foreign Secretary for talking “damaging bollocks”, when he claimed Nazanin had been teaching journalism in Iran before she was detained – a comment which he has since admitted was incorrect.

‘I’m A Celebrity’ launches on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

The Full Trailer for ‘American Crime Story: Versace’ Has Arrived – WATCH

The Full Trailer for ‘American Crime Story: Versace’ Has Arrived – WATCH
Versace trailer

Versace trailer

The full trailer for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace has arrived.

The 10-episode series, which explores the 1997 murder of the fashion designer at his Miami Beach home, will premiere in January and features Édgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz and Darren Criss, who stars as Versace’s killer Andrew Cunanan.

Earlier today we posted a teaser featuring Cruz and Ramirez, but the full trailer has just been released:

Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for #ACSVersace. The next installment of FX’s award-winning original series premieres January 17.

— AmericanCrimeStoryFX (@ACSFX) November 15, 2017

And Deadline reports:

FX+ subscribers will have early access to the first episode..It will be available beginning Friday, January 12, 2018, five days before the series’ official premiere on FX. The second installment of the award-winning limited series will premiere on FX on Wednesday, January 17, at 10 PM ET/PT.

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‘Get Out,’ ‘Cherry Pop’ and Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO This Month: FULL LIST

‘Get Out,’ ‘Cherry Pop’ and Everything Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO This Month: FULL LIST

 streaming this month cherry pop

Looking for something to stream while you Netflix and chill? Check out our picks for new films streaming this month below, including Get Out13 Going On 30 and more.

13 Going on 30 (2004), available on Hulu Nov. 1

We’re not sure if this is technically considered classic cinema, but there are few sights more joyful than seeing Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Judy Greer doing the dance from “Thriller.”

A Knight’s Tale (2001), available on Amazon Nov. 1

To be clear, this is not the late Heath Ledger’s greatest role, but it may be the one that solidified his standing as a heartthrob. Of course, the actor would go on to prove he was so much more than a handsome face with his work in the groundbreaking film Brokeback Mountain and his iconic take on the Joker.

Get Out (2017), available on HBO Nov. 4

If you haven’t already, make time to watch one of the best films of the year. This twisted horror-comedy from comedian Jordan Peele is an effective thriller, an astute social commentary and still features laugh-out-loud moments.

Cherry Pop (2017), available on Netflix Nov. 22

Season eight RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen stars alongside Drag Race alums Detox, Latrice Royale and Tempest Dujour in this indie comedy.

All films coming to Netflix
Available Nov. 1
The Bittersweet
Charlotte’s Web
Field of Dreams
Men in Black
Michael Clayton
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Reader
Scary Movie
Silent Hill
To Rome with Love
Undercover Grandpa
Where the Day Takes You
The Whole Nine Yards

Available Nov. 2
All About the Money
It’s Not Yet Dark

Available Nov. 3
Eventual Salvation

Available Nov. 4

Available Nov. 5
The Homesman
The Veil

Available Nov. 6
The Dinner

Available Nov. 7
Dizzy & Bop’s Big Adventure: The Great Music Caper
The Journey Is the Destination
Killing Ground

Available Nov. 10
The Killer
Mea Culpa

Available Nov. 12
Long Time Running

Available Nov. 13
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Available Nov. 14
DeRay Davis: How to Act Black

Available Nov. 16

Available Nov. 17
A Christmas Prince
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
Red, White, Black, Blue Odyssey
Santa Claws

Available Nov. 20

Available Nov. 21
Beat Bugs: All Together Now
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers
The Case for Christ
Saving Capitalism

Available Nov. 22
The Boss Baby
Cherry Pop

Available Nov. 23

Available Nov. 24
Cuba and the Cameraman

Available Nov. 27
Darkness Rising

Available Nov. 28
The Queen of Spain

Available Nov. 30
The Details

All films coming to Hulu
Available Nov. 1
13 Going on 30
25th Hour
5th Kind
The 13th Warrior
The Air up There
A View to Kill
Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver
Airplane II: The Sequel
The Aristocats
Arizona Bushwhackers
The Associate
Bad Boys
Bad Santa
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Blown Away
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Brother Bear
Celtic Pride
Christmas Classics: Jingle Bells
Christmas Classics: O’Christmas Tree
Christmas Classics: Santa’s Christmas Crash
Christmas Classics: Santa’s Christmas Snooze
Christmas Classics: We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Christmas With the Kranks
Chuck Jones Collection: A Very Merry Cricket
Corky Romano
Cougars, Inc.
Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee II
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Dances with Wolves
Dead Hands Dig Deep
Dead Man on Campus
Delta Farce
Diamonds Are Forever
Die Another Day
Dirty Work
Double Take
Doug’s First Movie
Dr. No
Ella Enchanted
Flesh + Blood
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia with Love
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
Home for the Holidays
How to Build a Time Machine
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Jacob’s Ladder
Journey to Space
The Joy Luck Club
Jungle to Jungle
Jungle Book – Live Action
K-19: The Widowmaker
Kung Fu Hustle
Larger than Life
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
Legally Blondes
License to Kill
Little Man
Live and Let Die
The Living Daylights
Maid in Manhattan
Man of the House
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Marrying Man
Mean Creek
Men in Black
The Mighty Quinn
Moonlight Mile
The Mothman Prophecies
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Never Say Never Again
Ocean’s Eleven
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Open Range
Out Cold
Outside Providence
The Peacemaker
Permanent Midnight
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Quiet American
The Rescuers
Rabbit-Proof Fence
The Saint
Shaolin Soccer
She’s All That
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
Six Days, Seven Nights
Split Decisions
The Spy Who Loved Me
Summer’s Moon
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure
The Swan Princess Christmas
The Sweetest Thing
The Sword in the Stone
Teen Wolf
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Tomorrow Never Dies
Treasure Planet
Up in the Air
The Usual Suspects
What’s the Worst that Could Happen?
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
Winter’s Bone
The World is not Enough
You Only Live Twice

Available Nov. 2
The Penguin King

Available Nov. 4
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Available Nov. 5
Hannah Montana the Movie
Life on the Line
Zero Days

Available Nov. 8
Gadgetgang in Outerspace
Much Ado About Nothing
White Haired Witch

Available Nov. 10
Austin Found
The Song

Available Nov. 11
Citizen Jane
Obey Giant: Hulu Original Documentary
Their Finest

Available Nov. 15
Iron Sky
Still Breathing

Available Nov. 16
Whose Streets?

Available Nov. 19
Man Down

Available Nov. 20

Available Nov. 22
The Assassin Next Door


Available Nov. 23
Happy Christmas

Available Nov. 24

Available Nov. 30
Monkey Business
Person to Person

All films coming to HBO
Available Nov. 1
2 Fast 2 Furious
Along Came a Spider
Bachelor Party
Bird on a Wire
Bride of Chucky
Broken Lizard’s Club Dread
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Fast & Furious
The Fast and the Furious
Good Morning, Vietnam
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Pale Rider
The Sum of All Fears
Sweet Nov.
Terminator Salvation (Director’s Cut Available)

Available Nov. 4
Get Out

Available Nov. 11
War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
The Lego Batman Movie

Available Nov. 13
A United Kingdom

Available Nov. 18
The Great Wall

Available Nov. 19
Mechanic: Resurrection

Available Nov. 20
Baltimore Rising

Available Nov. 25
Kong: Skull Island

Available Nov. 26

Available Nov. 27
Meth Storm

All films coming to Amazon
Available Nov. 1
A Knight’s Tale
A View to Kill
Airplane II: The Sequel
Altar Egos
Bad Boys
Beauty Factory
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Chasing the Star
Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee II
Dances With Wolves
Diamonds Are Forever
Die Another Day
Dirty Work
Dr. No
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia With Love
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Legally Blondes
License to Kill
Live and Let Die
Never Say Never Again
Nowhere to Run
No Way to Live
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Speed Racer
St. Elmo’s Fire
The Beautiful Ones
The Cell
The Departed
The Little Tin Man
The Living Daylights
The Man With the Golden Gun
The Peacemaker
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Spy Who Loved Me
The World Is Not Enough
Tomorrow Never Dies
Up in the Air
You Only Live Twice

Available Nov. 3
The Only Living Boy in New York

Available Nov. 4
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Available Nov. 5
Life on the Line
The Lovers

Available Nov. 6
Among Us
Pearly Gates

Available Nov. 7
Fifty Shades of Black

Available Nov. 9
Armed Response

Available Nov. 10

Available Nov. 13
Baby Steps
Broken Mile
The Patent Scam

Available Nov. 16
Shot Caller

Available Nov. 17

Available Nov. 19
Man Down

Available Nov. 20
Before the Sun Explodes
Blood Ransom

Available Nov. 24
The Big Sick

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5 Things ‘Idiotic’ Donald Trump Seems To Not Understand About Guantanamo Bay

5 Things ‘Idiotic’ Donald Trump Seems To Not Understand About Guantanamo Bay

Donald Trump has abandoned his idea to send the man suspected of killing eight people in Tuesday’s terror attack in New York to Guantanamo Bay after he was described as “idiotic” by a leading civil rights group.

In tweets posted on Thursday, the President backtracked on earlier remarks made to reporters in which he said he would “certainly consider” sending Sayfullo Saipov to the infamous detention centre on the island of Cuba.

Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

But Trump’s apparent support for Guantanamo Bay and his calls for the death penalty have prompted some human rights experts to question just how much he actually knows about the legacy of the War on Terror and the wider legal system.

Reprieve’s Alice Gillham told HuffPost UK: “In moments like this our elected officials are under pressure to respond but the responses we’ve seen have been knee-jerk and wrong-headed and demonstrate that President Trump in particular knows very little about the American justice system.”

has housed 780 “enemy combatants” captured almost exclusively during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sixteen years later and 41 still remain – the rest have all been released without charge despite detainments without trial lasting longer than a decade.

Only seven of the remaining 41 detainees have been charged with a crime.

In comparison, US federal courts have prosecuted 578 terrorism cases “inspired by jihadist ideas” since 9/11.

Gillham said: “This is an event that happened on US soil, the federal law exists to prosecute serious crime including terrorism and is more then well equipped to deal with cases of this kind.

“So the idea that we would refer back to the kind of incredibly unhelpful rhetoric of ‘enemy combatants’, talk of threats of sending people to GB, that is not how you effectively deal with terrorism and the last 16 years have really shown us it makes much more sense from a security and justice perspective to deal with this within the rule of law and criminal due process.”

used as a recruitment tool in terrorist propaganda, portraying it as evidence that Muslims are unjustly treated by the West and America in particular.

George Bush himself wrote in his memoirs: ”[T]he detention facility had become a propaganda tool for our enemies and a distraction for our allies.”

Although its prominence in jihadist literature has declined in recent years, the striking orange jumpsuits worn by those executed by Islamic State are a direct reference to the ones worn by Guantanamo Bay inmates.

So whilst it may not be the “home” of terrorism, it has certainly played its part in the propaganda war that helps inspire it.

Amnesty International’s USA Security with Human Rights Director, Daphne Eviatar, said in a statement: “Guantánamo has become an international symbol of torture, rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial – it must be closed, not expanded.”

In 2016 he said: “For many years, it’s been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security – it undermines it.

″… keeping this facility open is contrary to our values.  It undermines our standing in the world.  

“It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law.”

declare Saipov an “unlawful enemy combatant”.

During the War on Terror, detainees were classed as such as opposed to “lawful enemy combatants” or “prisoners of war” (POW).

Both refer to a person captured on the battlefield, the justification put forward by some for Saipov’s case being that the US is engaged in a war against Islamic State and its ideology.

But each classification carries subtle differences in how they can be treated once captured.

Lawful Enemy Combatant

A lawful enemy combatant is a “member of the regular forces of a State party or militia, volunteer corps, or organised resistance movement belonging to a State party engaged in hostilities against the United States”.

Once captured a lawful enemy combatant becomes a POW subject to international law as detailed in The Geneva Conventions.

As such a POW can only be held as long as the conflict continues and entitles them to a certain number of rights which ensure their detention is carried out in a way that affords them “honour and respect”

Unlawful Enemy Combatant

During the War on Terror, the Bush administration decided that al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan, did not count as any of the enemy forces described by the lawful enemy combatant definition.

It therefore concluded detainees would be classed as unlawful/illegal enemy combatants, a finding codified in a military order issued by President Bush in November 2001.

This allowed the administration – against the advice of the State Department – to declare that detainees would not be subject to the Geneva Conventions.

It was this decision that would ultimately lead to the political and military environment that allowed the Abu Ghraib scandal, waterboarding and torture, and the “cruel and inhuman” conditions at Guantanamo Bay.

NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

Presidents are generally advised not to publicly weigh in on pending criminal cases given their huge influence in forming the opinions of potential jurors or giving the impression of exerting pressure on the judiciary to find in favour of a certain result. 

I’ve run out of adjectives. By weighing in like this, Trump may have just assured he DOESN’T get the death penalty.

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) November 2, 2017

Durkin said: “As far as Trump’s call for the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov goes – needless to say we find this very concerning, as it violates the presumption of innocence as well as attempts to present the death penalty as a legitimate response.”

Some people have compared Trump’s reaction to the New York terror attack to his response to last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

White man killed 7.5x more people in LV. Trump wouldn’t even say “gun/guns” in speech. Now tweets “DEATH PENALTY!” because of race/religion.

— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 2, 2017

Trump didn’t scream “DEATH PENALTY!” for the Vegas shooter or Heather Heyer’s killer?

Only for a muslim & The INNOCENT Central Park 5

— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 2, 2017

Gillham said: “In some senses it’s worrying because when someone is in a position of such importance and has such incredibly high office of state, there are expectations around that that this person is going to show leadership and judgement.

“So obviously it’s deeply concerning that his response to this case has been so wild and so improper and there is talk now that his response may actually end up prejudicing the trial that now needs to go ahead.

“At the same time this President is not someone who has covered themselves in glory on many related issues and so I don’t think his response is particularly surprising and one would hope that increasingly people are learning to take his wild and frantic Twitter outbursts with a pinch of salt.

“The President is not particularly known for his consistency or wisdom on any of these policy issues.”