Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama orders halt to Guantanamo prosecutions

In one of his first acts as president, Obama order the system for prosecuting detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center be temporarily halted. The New York Times featured a multimedia presentation called the Guantanamo Docket as a companion to their news story today. The presentation went live in October, 2008, but carried a new relevance with today's action. This document is one of over 16,000 featured in the website. It concerns Yusef Abbas, a 28- or 29-year-old Chinese citizen captured near the Pakistan-Afghan border in 2001 and held in detention since.

CNN is also reporting that Obama will issue three executive orders tomorrow (Thurs) that will shut Guantanamo in one year, formally ban torture, and order a broad review of all detention policies.

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