Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gitmo Executive Orders

President Barack Obama will issue three executive orders tomorrow. The oders deal with the closing of Guantanamo Bay.


∙ close the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year and establish a process by which the U.S. government figures out what to do with the remaining detainees;

∙ establish new rules on interrogation methods moving forward;

∙ establish new guidelines for the treatment of detainees moving forward.


Obama is halting military tribunals for 120 days. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds 53 percent of Americans favor closing Gitmo. Republicans overwhelming wish to keep to facility open.

The tribunals have been unsuccessful at convicting suspected terrorists. Charges were dropped against Mohammad al-Qahtani. The evidence was gained through torture and ruled inadmissible. (al-Qahtani was later recharged.) Muhammed Dawood was given nine months. Hundreds of detainees were released. The Bush administration was too incompetent to be tough on terrorism.

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