Work Begins: Suspend Guantanamo Legal Proceedings

by sinde on January 21, 2009

No, Guantanamo is not closed… YET!  But, late yesterday President Obama orded that legal proceedings against the detainees be suspended for 120 days.  It’s a first step to bringing back American values.  To the President, we send out a great big “hooo-ah”!

In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.

In a motion filed in the military court the case of  Khalid Sheik Mohammed was put on hold for 120 days.  There are four other cases that can be affected.  However, three of the four defendants are self-representing and it is not clear as to whether they will agree to the motion.

The 120 day continuance will give the Obama administration time to review the military process.  It has been reported that not all military judges may acquiesce to the request, although we as Americans can only hope they will. 

The request does not immediately lead to the closing of Guantanamo, but it is a big first step.

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