Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yet More Change You Can Believe In

No one really thought Guantanomo would be closed immediately when Obama became President, did the? Did they?

Hope not:
President-elect Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order on his first full day in office directing the closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, people briefed by Obama transition officials said Monday.

But experts say it is likely to take many months, perhaps as long as a year, to empty the prison that has drawn international criticism since it received its first prisoners seven years ago this week. One transition official said the new administration expected that it would take several months to transfer some of the remaining 248 prisoners to other countries, decide how to try suspects and deal with the many other legal challenges posed by closing the camp.

(Didn't mean to start chronicling the lack of change in Obama's promise of change but it's a target-rich opportunity. I'm sure things'll slack off and the real change will soon begin.)

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