Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Obama misses Guantanamo deadlines

President Barack Obama's pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by January of next year is proving to be easier said than done.


President Barack Obama's pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by January of next year is proving to be easier said than done.

The White House has announced a detailed plan on dealing with terrorist suspects detained at the military prison will be delayed by six months.

A separate government task force reviewing detainee interrogation rules also fell short of its Tuesday deadline and was granted an extra two months to submit a final report.

Despite missing the self-imposed deadlines, White House officials insist they are still on track to shut down Guananamo by January.

Upon taking office, President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo prison within a year saying it had damaged America's moral standing in the world.

But since January, Obama has faced strong opposition from lawmakers, including those in his own Democratic party, to transferring Guantanamo prisoners to U.S. soil for detention and trial.

Jon Decker, Reuters.