Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama Orders Closure of Guanatanamo and CIA Secret Prisons

MSNBC: Moving quickly to reverse his predecessor's policies on the treatment of terror suspects, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year.

He also signed an executive order to require that all U.S. interrogations of terror suspects must now conform to the U.S. Army Field Manual, a move meant to restrict what the CIA can do. The president created an interagency task force to advise him on detainee policy.
Obama also ordered CIA's secret prisons closed:
NYT: WASHINGTON — President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guant√°namo detention camp within a year, government officials said.

The orders, which are the first steps in undoing detention policies of former President George W. Bush, rewrite American rules for the detention of terrorism suspects. They require an immediate review of the 245 detainees still held at the naval base in Guant√°namo Bay, Cuba, to determine if they should be transferred, released or prosecuted.