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Obama to order Guantanamo closed within a year: official

“The first ray of sunlight in what has been eight long years of darkness.”


A wonderful first significant action by Obama. Shutting down this barbaric illegal horrorshow really sends out the message to the world – especially the Moslem world – that the dumb days of Dubya and Dickhead, and the days of America riding roughshod over international laws, are truly past!

However, let’s not forget that there are countless undisclosed “Guantanamo”s around the world where the US conducts exactly the same activities. Most of these are in Asia but you get them in Africa too and even in Europe! The same shutdown plan needs to be applied there too.

It may be an difficult process to deal with all aspects of the shutdown properly and also to properly deal with the 245 detainees within one year, but it should be manageable.

What we really hope though is that in this one year window, Dubya and, especially, psychotic Dickhead Cheney get an opportunity to be put through the Waterboarding wringer a few times.

According to those cnuts, waterboarding and its ilk are more like fun & games than horrific, often murderous, medieval torture! Let’s see if a few tries themsleves might change their tiny minds! Man, we’d pay a lot to see that comedy show!!

Actually, we always thought that dumb Dubya mistook the term Waterboarding for Snowboarding! That’s why his stupid face lit up every time he spoke on the topic!!

Obama to order Guantanamo closed within a year: official


AFP via

US President Barack Obama will Thursday sign an executive order for the closure of the Guantanamo prison, a symbol of his predecessor’s “war on terror” tactics, a White House source said.

Obama had vowed during the 2008 presidential campaign to close the detention camp, and is set to act on the promise within two days of taking office, the source said on condition of anonymity.

“The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order,” said the draft executive order, posted on the website of the American Civil Liberties Union and confirmed by a White House source.

The draft said “lawful means” should be used to deal with detainees who cannot be transferred to other countries or tried in US courts.

The draft surfaced after Obama acted to suspend war crimes trials at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of detention policies and procedures at the offshore US prison.

The camp, and the special tribunals set up to try some inmates, has been condemned as a legal black hole by rights groups and foreign governments.

The ACLU called the draft order “the first ray of sunlight in what has been eight long years of darkness.”

And New York-based Human Rights Watch said: “With the stroke of a pen, President Obama will make great progress toward restoring America’s moral authority.”

“By shutting down a global symbol of abuse, he will deprive terrorists of a powerful recruitment tool,” Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

However, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has defended detainees at Guantanamo, expressed disappointment that the new president’s draft order “gave his administration an entire year to sort out its plans.”

News of Obama’s plans for the camp leaked out as a new CNN poll released Wednesday showed Americans were divided over closing Guantanamo, with 51 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed.

The draft order said it would not be in the US interest to close the prison without first determining “the appropriate dispositions” of the individuals detained there.

“The unusual circumstances associated with detentions at Guantanamo require a comprehensive interagency review,” it said.

The attorney general would be charged with leading the review, but the secretaries of state, defense and other departments and agencies would participate, according to the draft.

It said a substantial number of the estimated 245 detainees at Guantanamo might be transferred to other countries but others may have to be prosecuted, possibly in US courts those detainees who cannot be transferred or released.

To handle those who can neither be tried nor transferred or released, the government “shall select lawful means, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice,” the draft said.

It said no one should be held in any detention facility controlled by the United States in conditions that do not conform with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

Earlier, military judges in Guantanamo suspended war crimes trials of a Canadian detainee and five alleged September 11 co-conspirators in response to a request that was relayed Tuesday from Obama to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

“The practical effect is to pronounce this system dead,” said Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler, defense attorney for Omar Khadr, the Canadian defendant. “There will certainly be no more military commissions in Guantanamo Bay.”

Kuebler said he met with Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan for allegedly killing an American soldier with a hand grenade. “He is anxious and doesn’t know what will happen but we’re all hopeful,” he said.

But Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged September 11 mastermind, and three other co-conspirators — Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Walid bin Attash and Mustapha al-Hawsawi — objected during a hearing to their trial’s suspension, which thwarts their quest for martyrdom.

Only Ramzi Binalshibh, whose mental competence to stand trial was to be examined this week, did not oppose the ruling.

Charges have been brought against 21 detainees, and 14 of those have appeared before military judges.


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January 23, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, GOP, GW Bush, _CARTOON

1 Comment »

  1. closing Guantanamo represents a step in the right direction; pretty soon the U.S. will be able to join the world community once again

    Comment by coffee | January 25, 2009

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