Obama: Gitmo Closed Within 1 Year

President Obama on Thursday will order the closure of "all permanant detention facilities overseas," dismantling much of the Bush admistration's architecture for the war on terror, according to four individuals familiar with a draft executive order.

The individuals said there will be three executive orders. One will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba within 12 months, in accordance with an Obama campaign pledge.

Mr. Obama, in one of his first acts as president, on Wednesday suspended all the military commissions for 120 days.

Congressional committees were informally briefed about the executive
orders on Wednesday. Administration officials discussed them with
senior Republican legislators late Wednesday and will be briefing
others opposed to changing current U.S. policies involving terrorist

A former Justice Department official familiar with the drafts said;

"there are serious concerns as to where the detainees will be held" and that sending them "into the U.S. federal court system may lead to some of them being released"

A Pentagon official said;
"it would be to speculative to say what will happen with each detainee once the facility is closed" but "clearly
there are some dangerous detainees at Guantanamo and they will continue to fight us.
It's still way to soon to make judgement calls as to what facilities they will be held in the U.S. or abroad."

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