Jan 222009
 

From the AP, via Newsvine

Some highlights (emphasis added):

– "The order requires all departments and agencies to provide the (International Committee of the Red Cross) access to detainees in a manner consistent with Department of Defense regulations and practice. It also orders the CIA to close all existing detention facilities and prohibits it from operating detention facilities in the future. (!!)"

– "Executive order revokes Executive Order 13440 that interpreted Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. It requires that all interrogations of detainees in armed conflict, by any government agency, follow the Army Field Manual interrogation guidelines. The order also prohibits reliance on any Department of Justice or other legal advice concerning interrogation that was issued between September 11, 2001, and January 20, 2009."

– "Executive order requires closure of the Guantanamo detention center no later than one year from the date of the order. Closure of the facility is the ultimate goal but not the first step. The order establishes a review process with the goal of disposing of the detainees before closing the facility."

Wow, talk about undoing the last eight years!

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