Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Obama's Secret Plan to Close Gitmo

Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay
President Obama may try to close Guantanamo bay by bypassing Congress and issuing a signing statement asserting executive powers.

WASHINGTONPresident Obama’s legal advisers, confronting the prospect of new restrictions on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees, are debating whether to recommend that he issue a signing statement asserting that his executive powers would allow him to bypass the restrictions, according to several officials.

If Mr. Obama were to issue such a statement, it could represent a more aggressive use of unilateral executive powers than what he exerted in his first two years in office. The issue has arisen as the Republican Party takes control of the House.

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