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Gitmo Deadline May Be Missed

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Posted on Sep 28, 2009

President Obama signs an executive order on Jan. 22, 2009, directing that the military prison at Guantanamo Bay be closed within a year.

Senior White House officials have made it known that the self-imposed deadline for closing Guantanamo by January, one of the first orders laid down by Barack Obama as president, may have to be extended as legal and logistical questions prevent the U.S. from regaining its “moral high ground.” —JCL

The Independent:

The White House acknowledged for the first time that it might not be able to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay by January as President Barack Obama promised.

Senior administration officials said difficulties in completing the lengthy review of detainee files and resolving thorny legal and logistical questions mean the president’s self-imposed January deadline may slip.

Mr Obama remains as committed to closing the facility as he was when, as one of his first acts in office, he pledged to shut it down, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to more freely discuss the sensitive issue.

They said the White House still was hoping to meet the deadline through a stepped-up effort.

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By Folktruther, September 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

As Ardee says, lawless impriosnment, torture and murder continue under Obama as they did under Bush.  The US traditional bourgeois Democracy is dead, replaced by a lawless neoliberal police state.

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By SusanSunflower, September 29, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

Closing Gitmo was always going to take serious courage.

Maybe they can study it for another 9 months ... and discharge another handful or two ...

what comes after trifecta?

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By JamesSen, September 29, 2009 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

I’m pleased that stuff is progressing here, it’s a complicated issue and needs to be wound down correctly.  It’s easy to say just close it down, but obviously it’s a delicate balance between the law and the practical application of it.

James Sen

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By ardee, September 29, 2009 at 3:26 am Link to this comment

Meanwhile, rendition continues, torture continues, invasions of a sovereign nation continues, propping up puppet govts. continues, peoples suffering continues…Just like under Bush the bathroom in the Oval Office has copies of our Constitution for toilet paper.

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By LostHills, September 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

No shit?!?!

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By skulz fontaine, September 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

That Obama “change” seems inordinately Bush-league. Mercy, talk about bitter

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By Carlton, September 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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All those “detainees” can fit on one airplane. Put me in charge and I’ll close it in one day. This is absurd, as detailed here:

As it says, they should close the entire base, not just the prison

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By voice of truth, September 28, 2009 at 11:30 am Link to this comment


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