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Obama Orders Closing of Guantanamo Bay Prison

“Our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to combat terrorism, according to President Barack Obama, who has just signed three executive orders that will change the way the American Government handles terrorist suspects. The orders will bring an end to the CIA’s secret interrogation program, close Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year and set up a formal review for how to best deal with terrorist suspects in the future.

According to Obama, “We believe we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture, but we can effectively obtain the intelligence we need.”  

As the president signed the executive orders, sixteen retired admirals and generals stood behind him and applauded. Obama’s actions are also drawing praise from the American Civil Liberties Union, who posted an official statement on their website. According to ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, the executive orders “represent a giant step forward” and that “President Obama should be highly commended for this bold and decisive action.”

During a White House ceremony following the signing, Obama proclaimed that "the message that we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly."

Click here to view the full ACLU statement.

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