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Obama: Executive Order to Close Guantanamo


This morning President Obama signed four executive orders (I’ll provide the link when the white house puts the text up) shutting down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. (Click Here for the video)

He signed the first Executive Order:

“In order to affect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the DOD at Guantanamo and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the united states and in the interest of justice. We will be setting up a process whereby [Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now].”

The second order:

“Ensures that anybody detained by the US for now is going to have to abide by the army field manual. we believe the afm reflects the best judgment of our military, that we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need.”

The third:

“set[s] up an special inter-agency task force on inter-agency on detainee disposition […] they are going to provide me with information on how we are goign to deal with the disposition of some oft he detainees that may be currently in Guantanamo that we cannot transfer to other countries, who could pose as serious danger to the US but we cannot try because of various problems related to evidence […] and detainee policy going forward so we don’t find ourselves in these kinds of situations in the future.”

And the final is a more specific order asking for the delay of a detainee whose case is currently before the supreme court in order to properly review evidence.

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January 22, 2009 Posted by | Barack Obama, Executive Orders, Guantanamo Bay, Nathan Schmitt, Video | 1 Comment