Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

Promises Broken President Obama has broken the following promise:

"As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions." — 8/1/07, Washington

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Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Updated: Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo

President Obama signed executive orders on January 22, 2009, directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year and review every detainee for disposition. He also established two special task forces to address detention policy options and interrogation and transfer policy.

The orders, which are the first steps in undoing detention policies of former President George W. Bush, rewrite American rules for the detention of terrorism suspects. They require an immediate review of the 245 detainees still held at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to determine if they should be transferred, released or prosecuted.

The new orders also bring to an end a Central Intelligence Agency program that kept terrorism suspects in secret custody for months or years, a practice that has brought fierce criticism from foreign governments and human rights activists. They will also prohibit the C.I.A. from using coercive interrogation methods, requiring the agency to follow the same rules used by the military in interrogating terrorism suspects, government officials said.


The New York Times, Thursday January 22, 2009

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