Obama signs executive order to close Guantanamo Bay – CNN.com

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Promising to return America to the “moral high ground” in the war on terror, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders Thursday to demonstrate a clean break from the Bush administration — including one requiring that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed within a year.

President Obama signs the order requiring that the Guantanamo Bay facility be closed within a year.
President Obama signs the order requiring that the Guantanamo Bay facility be closed within a year.

During a signing ceremony at the White House, Obama reaffirmed his inaugural pledge that the United States does not have “to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals.”

The president said he was issuing the order to close the Guantanamo detention facility in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.”

A second executive order formally bans torture by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terror interrogations. That essentially ends the Bush administration’s CIA program of enhanced interrogation methods.

“We believe that the Army field manual reflects the best judgment of our military, that we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture, but that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need,” Obama said.

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  1. Obama is smart on so many levels for ordering the closure of Guantanamo. It has been a long time coming

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