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Monday
Mar072011

POTUS Announces New Actions for Guantanamo Detainees

John Moore/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama remains committed, his advisors say, to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, just as he pledged as a candidate and found impossible to accomplish in his first two years in office. In the earliest weeks of his presidency, Mr. Obama made his case.

"Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security.  It is a rallying cry for our enemies," the president once said.

The President announced Monday that new steps would be taken to "broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice, provide oversight for our actions, and ensure the humane treatment of detainees."

Some at Guantanamo were headed for military tribunals but President Obama suspended those and he has now put out new rules for military trials. That includes no evidence obtained during torture.

President Obama has said the most difficult cases are detainees impossible to put on trial but too dangerous to release. Now there will be mandatory, periodic reviews allowing each suspect full legal representation before a legal panel every three years.

The president said that he will not authorize the release of "individuals who endanger the American people."

President Obama says the U.S. is still at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates. 

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