Guantanamo Bay No More

A guard keeps watch from a tower at the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama is planning to issue three executive orders Thursday, including one demanding the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed within a year, according to a senior administration official and a congressional aide.

A guard keeps watch from a tower at the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A second executive order will formally ban torture by requiring the Army field manual be used as the guide for terror interrogations, essentially ending the Bush administration’s CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods.

A third executive order, according to the officials, will order a systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review of all individual cases.

The officials said new White House Counsel Greg Craig was briefing congressional Republicans Wednesday afternoon about the three executive orders.

"We’ve always said the process would include consultation," the senior administration official said of the closed-door meeting informing Republicans of the moves.

The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay became a lightning rod for critics who charged that the Bush administration had used torture on terror detainees. President George W. Bush and other senior officials repeatedly denied that the U.S. government had used torture to extract intelligence from terror suspects.

Obama’s move will set off a fierce legal struggle over where the prison’s detainees will go next.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2009
at 12:22am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: politricks

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