Monday, March 7, 2011

Executive Order Released: New Actions on Guantanamo Bay and Detainee Policy

President Obama released an executive order detailing a process to periodically review the detention of those currently being held at GTMO. A Factsheet was also released. The Factsheet acknowledges the resumption of military commissions, and the new executive order on periodic review of those detained. The Factsheet also confirms the administration's commitment to civilian trials when appropriate and the government's commitment to adherence to international law.

The White House released the following statement by President Barack Obama:
From the beginning of my Administration, the United States has worked to bring terrorists to justice consistent with our commitment to protect the American people and uphold our values. Today, I am announcing several steps that broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice, provide oversight for our actions, and ensure the humane treatment of detainees. I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system – including Article III Courts – to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened. Going forward, all branches of government have a responsibility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation.