January 22nd, 2009
11:28 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama issues executive order to close Guantanamo Bay prison

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

WASHINGTON (CNN) – 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.

Watch: 'We intend to win this fight . . . on our terms,' the president says.

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.

– CNN's Ed Henry, Barbara Starr, and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Sharon Kitchen

    let me see here.............did not "some" people say......he was just talking?

    ups............................well, as I expected he is walking the talk,like he said he would do.

    keep those questions coming. he will answer you.

    January 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. mayah

    LET IT BE SAID BY OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN,THAT WHEN WE WERE TESTED, WE REFUSED TO LET THIS JOURNEY END, WE DID NOT TURN BACK, NOR DID WE FAULTOR, BUT WITH EYES FIXED ON THE HORIZON, AND GOD'S GRACE UPON US, WE CARRIED FORTH THAT GREAT GIFT OF FREEDOM, AND DILIVERED IT, SAFELY, TO FUTURE GENERATIONS...

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA...for words of wisdom...

    January 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. SLP

    They are not going to let these prisoners go. They will be transported here where we will house them within our system. So the issue of having to pay for their incarceration is stupid. Either way we are paying for them. Who is going to take them? I can't think of any state that wants them in their prisons. These are dangerous men. They would blow thousands of our citizens up including themselves and not blink an eye.

    January 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Junior

    Thank God we have a President who understands the law very and who is startign to return hope to the American people. Please withold my info.

    January 22, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. TheCrux

    Weak minded fools is how we appeared to the world.

    How quickly we abandoned bedrock principles and precepts of freedom and due process once confronted with a threat.

    Many of us have family members that sacrificed much to preserve American ideals of justice and civil liberty. Such a precipitous turn away from these valuse was an audacious maneuver for Bush Jr., a man never tested in the crucible of battle.

    How blessed we are to finally have a leader who honors the sacrifices made by our forebearers.

    Peace.

    January 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Bridgette-PA

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Tom in S.A.

    I was at GITMO in 1995, camp X-Ray was there then, holding Cuban criminals who were trying to get to the states, I don't remember any public outcry then and they weren't even terrorists. I guess because a Dem was our president it was okay.

    I say bring them here, put them in prison and let the inmates take care of them, they'll be praying to go back to GITMO, if they survive.

    January 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. stewiez

    i would be willing to give the poor tortured souls at gitmo the key to our town so we can show them the hope and change that we americans have against the stupid neocons and thus make friends with the victims of bush and so thus create the peace our beloved President Obama has brought to us!
    Gobama!
    We love you Obama!

    January 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. proudliberal-independent

    wow. a President who is keeping his campaign promises? imagine that?

    January 22, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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