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President-elect Barack Obama plans to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as early as his first week in office to show a break from the Bush administration's approach to the war on terror, according to two officials close to the transition.
President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that some of his campaign promises will have to wait - domestic-policy changes may be on hold because of the dire economic situation, and legal and national security concerns have postponed his promised closure of Guantanamo Bay.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
All I have to say is - it's what he said he would do. It's the right thing to do. And it's awful quiet in here...
STEPHANOPOULOS: You also agreed on Guantanamo when you say you want to shut it down. You say you're still going to shut it down. Is it turning out to be harder than you expected, will you get that done in the first 100 days?
OBAMA: It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize and we are going to get it done but part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom who may be very dangerous who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication. And some of the evidence against them may be tainted even though it's true. And so how to balance creating a process that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo American legal system, by doing it in a way that doesn't result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So not necessarily first 100 days.
OBAMA: That's a challenge. I think it's going to take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do. But I don't want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo and we are going to make sure that the procedures we set up are ones that abide by our constitution. That is not only the right thing to do but it actually has to be part of our broader national security strategy because we will send a message to the world that we are serious about our values.
Originally posted by MBF
Well, we haven't had an attack on this country since 9-11. They must be doing something right.
Australia rejects Guantanamo inmates
Australia will not take any former inmates of the US' Guantanamo Bay detention centre, acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
Ms Gillard said the federal government had advised the US - on Friday, US time, Saturday, Australian time - that Australia would refuse the American request.
It was the second request from the US.
"Early in 2008, we received a request from the US government to consider resettlement of a group of detainees,'' Ms Gillard told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.
"That request was denied by the Australian government.
"In December 2008, we received a second request.
"We have considered that request and last night Australian time, Friday US time, we advised the US government that we would not be agreeing to those resettlement requests.
I oppose the use of torture with every bone in my body never the less closing Guantanamo is not a good idea by any means . No One in there right mind would want the detainees housed anywhere near there backyard including those who support the closing of Guantanamo . Letting the detainees go free is hardly a sane notion . Really the US allies who have taken part in the War on Terror have gotten a good deal out of Guantanamo . Take Australia and New Zealand for example neither country has had to worry about housing detainees in the same way they did Axis POW during WW2 .
These comments sparked questions as to whether Mr Obama would keep his campaign promise on Guantanamo, so his advisers are now letting it be known that he intends to act quickly, says the BBC's Jonathan Beale in Washington.
However, the Obama administration will have to work out where the remaining inmates will go and where to try those detainees the US believes have committed terrorist acts, our correspondent says.
In broad terms, the idea seems to be to abandon the military tribunals authorised under the Military Commissions Act 2006, setting up a trial procedure in the US instead.
Originally posted by xpert11
Letting the detainees go free is hardly a sane notion .
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
And it's awful quiet in here...
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Mr. Obama's message changes like the wind ....
I oppose the use of torture nevertheless closing Guantanamo is not a good idea by any means. No One in there right mind would want the detainees housed anywhere near there backyard including those who support the closing of Guantanamo .
Letting the detainees go free is hardly a sane notion. Really the US allies who have taken part in the War on Terror have gotten a good deal out of Guantanamo. Take Australia and New Zealand for example neither country has had to worry about housing detainees in the same way they did Axis POW during WW2.
This was Obama speaking directly and concisely on Sunday's 'This Week' program. My thoughts also are that, as has been the case since day one, Mr. Obama's message changes like the wind and never settles in one place . .