Obama Signs Executive Orders Closing Gitmo

January 22, 2009 - 3:02 PM
President Barack Obama took action to roll back Bush administration policy in the war on terror Thursday, signing executive orders to shut down the Guantanamo Bay Prison in a year and prohibit what some Democrats have called "torture."
(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama took action to roll back Bush administration policy in the war on terror Thursday, signing executive orders to shut down the Guantanamo Bay Prison in a year and prohibit what some Democrats have called "torture."

The first order would close the Gitmo prison in Cuba in a year.

The second order required the CIA to abide by the rules of the Army Field Manual, which prohibits certain harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.

Obama asked the Supreme Court to hold off on a ruling regarding the case of terror suspect Al Saleh Kaleh al-Marri, a legal resident who has been held by the government since 2003.

Obama also announced he is appointing a task force to review interrogation and national security policy.