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Obama's orders to close Gitmo, ban torture, review detention.

President Barack Obama signed three executive orders on the first full day of his presidency, January 21, to (1) ban the use of torture, (2) close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, and (3) review the detention policies for terrorist suspects and cases for existing inmates.

"This is me following through," Obama stated at the signing, "on an understanding that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct not just when it's easy but also when it's hard." The ban on torture limits all government agents to the Army Field Manual's approved questioning techniques. The president signed the executive orders flanked by more than a dozen retired generals from the U.S. armed forces, who enthusiastically endorsed the executive orders.

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Title Annotation:Inside Track; president Barack Obama to close Guantanamo Bay Naval Base prison
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:5CUBA
Date:Feb 16, 2009
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