Obama Could Close Gitmo within One Year

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Keeping his campaign promise, President Barack Obama and his new administration are making plans to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

 The new administration circulated a draft executive order Wednesday that calls for the closing of the military detention center within a year.

Closing the facility in Cuba "would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice," the draft stated.

The draft is ready for the President's signature, but it is not known when he will issue the order.

Currently, the prison has an estimated 245 inmates left out of the 800, who were detained there during the Bush administration.

On Wednesday, a judge in one of the war crimes trials agreed to Obama's request to suspend all proceedings, pending a four-month review.

The facility located on the American military base in Cuba was established by the Bush administration following the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

Source: The Associated Press

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