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Obama to shutter Guantanamo

January 22, 2009

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— President Barack Obama will begin overhauling U.S. national security policy today with orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military trials of terror suspects and end harsh interrogations, two government officials said.

Together, the three executive orders and a presidential directive will reshape how the United States prosecutes and questions al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to Americans.

A senior Obama administration official said the president would sign an order today to shutter the Guantanamo prison within one year, fulfilling his campaign promise to close a facility that critics around the world say violates domestic and international detainee rights. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the order has not yet been issued.

A draft copy of the order, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, notes that “in view of significant concerns raised by these detentions, both within the United States and internationally, prompt and appropriate disposition of the individuals currently detained at Guantanamo and closure of the facility would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice.”

An estimated 245 men are being held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, most of whom have been detained for years without being charged with a crime. The administration already has received permission to suspend the trials at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.

Two other executive orders and a presidential directive also are expected today, according to the administration official and an aide to a House Republican lawmaker who was briefed on the plans Wednesday by White House counsel Greg Craig. They include:

l An executive order creating a task force that would have 30 days to recommend policies on handling terror suspects who are detained in the future. Specifically, the group would look at where those detainees should be housed since Guantanamo is closing.

l An executive order to require all U.S. personnel to follow the U.S. Army Field Manual while interrogating detainees. The manual explicitly prohibits threats, coercion, physical abuse and waterboarding, a technique that creates the sensation of drowning and has been termed a form of torture by critics. However, the administration also is planning a study of more aggressive interrogation methods that could be added to the Army manual, a second Capitol Hill aide said.

l A presidential directive for the Justice Department to review the case of Qatar native Ali al-Marri, who is the only enemy combatant currently being held on U.S. soil.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 2 months ago

The American military behaving like barbarians is not going to discourage barbarism.All this does is cement the belief of the radical Muslims that they are right about American. They gain more converts to their cause, not fewer.It diminishes Americans claims to morality and decency, and lessons our diplomatic impact around the world.

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barrypenders 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes put them in prisons around the country where they will be treated like kings.Maybe MS-13 could welcome them.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

Those doing the detaining and torturing can certainly be expected to put a very high sheen on whatever results they might have gotten, regardless of the basis in reality.That doesn't change the fact that interrogation that doesn't rely on torture and other extremely coercive techniques provide much more reliable results, and don't break US and international laws or the US Constitution in so doing.

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angelus 5 years, 2 months ago

Did you even glance at the article. From the article:"They helped us break up a cell of Southeast Asian terrorist operatives that had been groomed for attacks inside the United States. They helped us disrupt an al Qaeda operation to develop anthrax for terrorist attacks. They helped us stop a planned strike on a U.S. Marine camp in Djibouti, and to prevent a planned attack on the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, and to foil a plot to hijack passenger planes and to fly them into Heathrow Airport and London's Canary Wharf."And according to the CIA:CIA officials have previously told ABC News that "Mohammed lasted the longest under water boarding, two and a half minutes, before beginning to talk."

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madmike 5 years, 2 months ago

When in the hell have you ever interrogated anyone Bozo? I doubt that you have ever left KU!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

Those are people who have been detained, not "lives saved and plots thwarted," angelus.Information obtained under torture and extreme duress has been shown to be extremely unreliable.

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angelus 5 years, 2 months ago

How about Abu Zubaydah, Ramzi Binalshibh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammedhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_S...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

" Too many lives were saved and plots were thwarted by interrrogating some of these cowards."Really? Could you name a few?"Cookies and a slap on the fanny ain't gonna help noone but them."It's been well demonstrated that the best and most reliable information comes from non-coercive interrogation techniques. No need for torture, or torture-light.

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jaywalker 5 years, 2 months ago

"However, the administration also is planning a study of more aggressive interrogation methods that could be added to the Army manual, a second Capitol Hill aide said"Well, that's encouraging. Many of these guys were captured with a copy of our Army Field Tactics manual so they know exactly how they're gonna be handled. Gotta throw some curve balls at 'em or you'll get nothin'. Too many lives were saved and plots were thwarted by interrrogating some of these cowards. Cookies and a slap on the fanny ain't gonna help noone but them.

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