January 21st, 2009
04:18 PM ET
9 years ago

Officials: Executive order drafted to close Gitmo facility

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.gitmo0121.gi.jpg caption="CNN has learned that President Obama plans to issue executive orders that will close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration is drafting executive orders calling for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, according to two administration officials.

Both officials say it is now expected the announcement about closure could come as soon as Wednesday in the form of one or more executive orders.

The officials said the White House is expected to call for:
–Closing the detention facility within a year;
–A systematic review of detention policies and procedures and a review
of all individual cases;
–A new policy requiring the Army field manual for interrogations to apply to all people in U.S. custody. This is aimed at closing any potential loophole that might allow the CIA to engage in what many say are coercive interrogations.

It was not clear who would conduct the review, although the White House, the Defense Department and the Justice Department are expected to be deeply involved, the officials said.

The Pentagon has been reviewing the possibility of sending detainees who are not released or sent back to their home countries to Camp Pendleton in California; the Navy brig at Charleston, South Carolina; and Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

There has been significant opposition from members of Congress in these states to such a plan.

Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. German,Irish American

    Since our new President thinks these poor innocent victims of Bush and Cheny are such nice people, I think they should be released in his daughters new school.

    January 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Larry

    If one of the reasons that you voted for Obama was to close Gitmo,it looks like he will fulfill his promise.I think you should volunteer to become a foreign exchange program person at your house,so you can help these poor abused prisoners.I think Obama wants us all to step up and do our part and have these people love us.

    January 21, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. MS

    Gotta love all the knowledge that comes from people who have never served at GTMO.

    January 21, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Remy

    Will Obama use and respect the GENEVA conventions in the matter of those prisoners of GITMO?

    January 21, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. george

    The majority of those imprisoned have been put there for no reason. no charges filed, mostly due to the lack of a crime. Dont worry you little chickenliver yellow belly heads over it....they arent going to getyou! You'll be fine without W to protect you from the bogey man, brown skinned people, non christians, and monsters in the closet.

    January 21, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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