Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama issues executive order to close Guantanamo Bay prison - NN's Ed Henry

President Barack Obama issued four executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration on the war on terror, including one requiring that the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed within a year.

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President Obama has ordered the eventual closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. (Getty Images/File)

A second executive order formally bans torture by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terror interrogations. The essentially ends the Bush administration's CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods.

A third executive order establishes an inter-agency task force to lead a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases.

A fourth executive order delays the trial of Ali al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who has been contesting his detention for more than five years as an enemy combatant in a military brig without the government bringing any charges against him.

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