Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama signs XO to close Guantanamo, end questionable interrogation tactics

President Barack Obama, with his left hand, has signed an Executive Order requiring the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within one year. Remember, by the way, that Guantanamo was the site of the core incident in the 1992 film with Tom Cruise, "A Few Good Men."

Obama said that that the interrogation procedures must fall within the Army Field Manual and Geneva Convention. This is material that is taught to every soldier in Basic Training, and was even covered in 1968 when I was in the Army as a draftee. (I specifically recall it.) Obama would discontinue the extra special procedures started during the Bush administration, which apparently included waterboarding and secret “extreme rendition.” (Yes, like Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Obama likes pie charts.)

The CNN story is here.

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