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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:25 PM
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President's Order to Close Detention Facility Expected Thursday, Military Trials Suspended
Source: ABCNews

President Barack Obama will sign three executive orders Thursday, to close the detainee camp at the Guantanamo Bay military facility within a year and to establish new rules and guidelines on interrogation methods and the treatment of detainees, sources who have seen a draft of the orders tell ABC News.

The detention center holds approximately 250 inmates, defined by the government as enemy combatants. White House counsel Greg Craig briefed members of Congress about the executive orders today on Capitol Hill.

Last night, just hours after he took the oath of office, Obama ordered Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to direct the chief prosecutor of the Office of Military Commissions to seek a continuance of 120 days for any case that has been referred to the office of military commissions and to cease referring any new cases for prosecution.

This morning, military judges hearing the cases of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of 9/11, and his co-conspirators, as well as a different judge hearing the case of Canadian detainee Omar Khadr, granted the prosecution's motion...



Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Terrorism/story?id=6693079...
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:20 PM
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1. Restoring our honor...
He is not only restoring the prinicple of rule of law but restoring our honor in the eyes of the world.

It's a shame no one will be prosecuted for their war crimes - Guantanamo would have been the perfect place to send them.


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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:44 PM
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2. Indeed.
NT!

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