January 20, 2009 CBC The National
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Obama to sign order shutting Guantanamo prison within a year 21 Jan 2009 President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center within a year and halt military [kangaroo] trials of terror suspects held there, a senior administration official said. The executive order was one of three expected imminently on how to interrogate and prosecute ‘al-Qaida,’ Taliban or other foreign fighters believed to threaten the United States. The official said the president would sign the order Thursday, fulfilling his campaign promise to shut down a facility that critics around the world say violates domestic and international detainee rights.
Judge Suspends Guantanamo Cases at Obama’s Request 21 Jan 2009 A U.S. military judge Wednesday suspended the trial of five prisoners accused of involvement in plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, acceding to a request from military prosecutors in accordance with a directive from the new Obama administration late Tuesday.
Obama orders Guantanamo prosecutor to seek trial delays 21 Jan 2009 President Barack Obama late Tuesday sought a 120-day freeze in the war crimes trial of prisoners held here to give the new administration time to study ongoing war-onof-terror prosecutions. Pentagon prosecutor Clayton Trivett filed a motion seeking a 120-day continuance in the case of five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at 8:51 p.m.
Cracks show in FBI agent’s testimony on Khadr —Under cross-examination, agent testifies Khadr said he saw Arar in Afghanistan in 2001, but engineer was in Canada at the time 21 Jan 2009 An FBI agent’s testimony that Omar Khadr said he saw Maher Arar in Afghanistan appeared significantly weaker yesterday than it did the day before – and, in the case of at least one key detail, at odds with reality. Robert Fuller, a prosecution witness in the Pentagon’s Guantanamo Bay case against Mr. Khadr, testified on Monday that Mr. Khadr, during a 2002 interrogation at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, identified a photo of Mr. Arar and said he had seen him in a Kabul safe house run by an alleged terrorist. But defence lawyers yesterday produced a report written by Mr. Fuller in which he states that Mr. Khadr told him he saw Mr. Arar in Afghanistan in September or October of 2001. The problem is, Mr. Arar was in Canada in October, 2001, as the Arar commission’s findings clearly show. U.S. authorities also know he was in California the previous month.
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