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Obama to take quick action to close Gitmo

January 13, 2009


— President-elect Barack Obama will sign an executive order in his first week in office that sets in motion the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison, the facility at the center of the alleged abuse of detained terror suspects, two individuals familiar with Obama’s thinking said on Monday.

They declined to say precisely when he’d sign the directive, but they said it could be within hours of his Jan. 20 inauguration.

The order would set out the procedures for shutting the prison at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, a process that’s likely to take a considerable period of time, the two individuals said. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

The process entails determining what to do with the estimated 250 suspected al-Qaida and Taliban militants housed at the prison, set up after the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

The inmates include 15 “high-value” detainees, such as Khalid Sheikh Mo-hammed, who’s accused in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Some 60 detainees have been cleared for release, but their governments have refused to accept them. In other instances, governments are refusing to imprison Guantanamo detainees when it is a condition for their repatriation.

In the course of the closure process, the new administration also is likely to address the future of military tribunals — panels of military officers that the Bush administration created to try accused terrorists.

Many legal experts, including in the military’s own Judge Advocate General’s Corps, have condemned the commissions, charging that their rules, which admit evidence obtained through coercion, violate U.S. civil and military legal principles.

Brooke Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Obama transition team, declined to comment on whether Obama would sign an executive order next week to close Guantanamo.


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 4 months ago

How many people know that Guantanamo is on the island of Cuba? It was first leased for 98 years by the government of Theodore Roosevelt because it was considered strategically important to the US. Now it is a special forces/black ops training ground and that is where Bush and company decided to put the detainees. To me that is scary as I can see many horrible things arising from that.There should be a prison build on the mainland to hold only prisoners caught in an act of terrorism, have been to trial and had sufficient proof submitted. It should be a jury trial as terrorists are not in the military though they fight in like manner.I applaud President elect Obama for this move as it is the right thing for America. We need to have a president that is willing to talk instead of responding to everything with a slap in the face.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

In other Democrat-related news:"WASHINGTON – Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found."'ll fit right in with the Chicago-way O'dude administration.

AjiDeGallina 9 years, 4 months ago

Nothing can be worse than the outgoing MOST FAILED administration in American history.

Kyle Reed 9 years, 4 months ago

Nothing can be worse? As much hatred as there is for the outgoing administration this can't be a serious statement.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 4 months ago

Obama to take quick action to close Gitmo......------------------------------------------------------I have a hunch that "quick" means something different to me, than Obama.

Kyle Reed 9 years, 4 months ago

"Signing a directive that sets things in motion"...yeah that's not vauge at all as to when it will be closed. I suppose it will appease those that just want to see any step taken.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

I wonder how much the pay-off was to get this moving.

jengaman 9 years, 4 months ago

Good luck finding a home for all these losers. I agree with xbus...Obama will encounter many logistical problems with closing this prison down. This will not be happening over night. Apparently we don't even want to take on some of them here in KS, which seems foolish to me.I can't blame him for saying this though. I mean...he does want to be "popular" coming into office. People will forget he even said this in a week. Good luck him on this.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

Look for the freed Gitmo inmates to be recruited into Chicago street gangs.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 4 months ago

nap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says… Look for the freed Gitmo inmates to be recruited into Chicago street gangs.______How cruel, they would not last a week.

Left_handed 9 years, 4 months ago

Just wait until they transfer the prisoners to Leavenworth. See what a great idea you think it is then.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

windy, if you see the truth as terror, there's nothing I can do to help you.

Kyle Reed 9 years, 4 months ago

I thought the whole beef was they were imprisoned to begin with? Now all of the sudden it's ok as long as it's on the mainland? What is the difference? What if there was a prison in Hawaii to put them? Would that also be unacceptable?

jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

It's always amusing when someone claims our President-elect is an imperial leader, and then accuses someone else of being loony.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

If you must know, the knowledge that I am educating Americans to minimize the damage that will be done by the regime of the O'dude is all the payment I could want.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 4 months ago

I do like Beobachter's idea.Most of the detainees at Gitmo have not been charged with anything. Why? The Feds "know" they are guilty but there is not a shred of proof or they would bring each and every one of them to a speedy trial.According to law the military can arrest and hold a U.S. citizen without charges for as long as they want, as long as it is a matter of national security.Everybody look what's goin' round.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

windy, is that your number? You're making a pass at me? You scamp.

lounger 9 years, 4 months ago

Oh finally common sense! Already Obama has made smarter moves than ALL of G.W.'s eight years combined!!!!

Kyle Reed 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm a bit unclear what Jose Padilla has to do with GITMO. Care to explain?

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

Picking a rouge's gallery of retread Clinton appointees for his cabinet is a smart move?

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

Bagram AFB, Afghanistan. 10,000 person high security prison under construction. Obama has his sights on expanding activity in Afghanistan. Surely that prison has room for a couple hundred dangerous murderers.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 4 months ago

"Pentagon reports that 61 of the terrorists released from Gitmo have been recaptured as terrorists in Iraq."I think you just made a point for the dems. A place like Gitmo breeds hate. You are upset that if you torture someone and let them go, that they then devote themselves to killing you?And... are you under the impression that the detainees at Gitmo are sitting on the beach taking in the view with hot babes?

Flap Doodle 9 years, 4 months ago

Voice your opinions while you can. The First Amendment comes under attack in less than a week.

jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

barrypenders (Anonymous) says… "Yes you have that right. In seven days the emotionally unstable will control everything."Wait, wait. You're taking office in seven days? Say it ain't so.

jaywalker 9 years, 4 months ago

All of this bickering over something that is ......ceremonial? window dressing? Those aren't the words I'm lookin' for, brain pffft this morning. The detention facility at Gitmo may be closed down, but it's not like these men are being set free. They're just gonna be re-located. So what's the point? You've got a perfectly good faciltiy there, just make sure there's no more abuse and bring them to trial or let 'em go, however that needs to be accomplished. Movin' 'em to LV or Cali or wherever seems a waste of time and money. BO needs to work on 'change', not symbolism.

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