Obama says military commissions for Guantanamo detainees will resume
March 7th, 2011
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama says military commissions for Guantanamo detainees will resume

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States will resume using military commissions to prosecute alleged terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

The announcement said the Obama administration remains committed to closing the controversial detention facility, but will rescind its previous suspension on bringing new charges before military commissions.


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  1. Jeff Brown

    So, it took 2 years for our "Constitutional law professor" to come to the same concusion as GWB...nice

    March 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. MikeBell

    Lessons learned?
    How many more will he acknowledge and correct course on?

    March 7, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. lkevin

    Haha... another plank falls from the platform of his Presidential campaign. Now what do you liberals say? I guess it wasn't as easy as you all thought it would be. REALITY... FACE IT.

    March 7, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Marc

    Didn't they used to be called "tribunals" when Dub was in office? Why the change in description now?

    I have no problem with them being tried by the military, but I believe they should have the same opportunity to be heard in court in a timely fashion. Some of them have been held too long, without any evidence provided.

    March 7, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. R.W.

    Another Obama promise broken – What a disappointment he has been. He will probably win the next election but don't expect huge enthusiam like it was in 2008.

    March 7, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama improves his job performance every day that he is in office!
    Bravo, Sir!
    Obama will be hard to beat in 2012–and I'm a Republican!

    March 7, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Sean

    +1 for Hope & Change!

    March 7, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Jason

    Can't we put them all to death? Do we really need a trial? Pretty sure none of our captured soldiers get a trial and 3 square meals a day.

    March 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Sjboatwright

    Barack W. Bush

    March 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Brandon

    It's truly unbelievable, the fearmongering that Congress–particularly the GOP–has been pushing about prosecuting terrorists in American courts. Our government has successfully prosecuted hundreds of terrorists in civilian courts, while the military commissions have barely managed a handful. Many of the cases against terrorism suspects in Gitmo are undermined by the use of torture and the weakness of the evidence against them to the point that a case against them in a civilian court would not succeed; this is not an argument against trying terrorists in Federal courts, it is an argument against using torture and destroying people's lives on the strength of hearsay and other inadmissible evidence.

    I'm really not sure how much the President is capable of doing at this point, when Congress has done everything in its power to tie his hands in dealing with the mess left by the previous administration. The fact that we have imprisoned /anyone/ for a decade without trial should be a source of deep shame for any American who purports to believe in the principles enshrined in the Constitution.

    March 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. 3Mercury

    Obama learned real quick that there is a big difference between being a civilian and making the hard choices of leadership. He was swept into office under the idea of change...pulling troops out of the middle east, closing Getmo, discontinuing military trials for detainies, stoping some forms of accecepted and controversial interrogation techniqes. He is finding out that there is a difference between the ivory tower and the real world.

    March 7, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. anonymous

    Here we go: another broken promise! He's lucky that he is a good speaker and the republicans do not have a viable candidate to run in 2012.

    March 7, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. The Bearo

    Amateur hour continues...world is entirely different when looking at things from a community organizer's perspective on the campaign trail...I won't hold my breath waiting for apologies from the left to the previous administration...

    March 7, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Mark

    Maybe Bush was right after all, huh?

    March 7, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. stormsun

    Hmmm. Now that President Obama is in office, it appears that running the country isn't quite as easy as criticizing was. And now he speaks of intervening in Libya?

    March 7, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. jerry

    hope and change from the fraud in chief. He knew better than make that promise....after all he was a law professor...constitutional law at that!

    March 7, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. deshawn

    the more things CHANGE, the more they stay the same........close gitmo? no.....stop the war? no.....veto pork? are you kidding............gave tax cuts to his rich friends? yes.......hillary 2012 !!!!!

    March 7, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. BILL, WI

    What? I do not hear one word being raised by the Democrats saying Common Article III should apply. Or was that all talk just to get elected.

    March 7, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's Gitmo time for the Republicans because they never miss the opportunity to complain but never offer anything about jobs. This is "make busy work" for the Republicans and Boehner will surely take the bait.

    March 7, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Not this debate again. Close Gitmo already.

    March 7, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Mrmew55

    2 words: Bush redux

    March 7, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. johnessj

    oh wow maybe now obama see that water boarding is neccessary as well. maybe now americans can stop pretending that we are better than any other country.

    March 7, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. herrsonic

    Typical back tracking, waffling Democrat. I mean you, Obama, the guy without any guts to carry any of his promises through.

    March 7, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. TJeff1776

    I guess we should keep it open for the possibility of some of those Washington Republicans.

    March 7, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. concerned liberal

    Obama broken promise of the day. He campaigned to start closure of this on Day One, by suspending these.
    Tally it into the BROKEN promise column.
    Mr. President CLOSE this place like you promised.

    March 7, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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