Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009 - President Obama issues order to close Gitmo

Finally! THANK YOU President Obama! The order involved not only closing Gitmo down but all overseas CIA secret prisons. In the AP story, the following excerpt appeared, at the beginning of the piece:

"WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects Thursday, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, shut down secret overseas CIA prisons, review military war crimes trials and ban the harshest interrogation methods.

With his action, Obama started changing how the United States prosecutes and questions al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to Americans — and overhauling America's image abroad, battered by accusations of the use of torture and the indefinite detention of suspects at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

"The message that we are sending the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly and we are going to do so effectively and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals," the president said."

I read the full story at: (accessed today - 1/22/09).

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