Obama Signs Executive Order on January 22, 2009 to Close Gitmo

Sec. 3. Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantanamo. The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantanamo at the time of closure of those detention facilities, they shall be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country, or transferred to another United States detention facility in a manner consistent with law and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.

Source: Closure Of Guantanamo Detention Facilities

We here at Gitmo Clock knew the day President Obama signed that executive order, that this order would not come to be carried out within one year. By signing that order with a deadline of one year, Obama clearly had no realistic understanding of all the elements necessary for this order to be completed. This website serves as a monument to that specific, and very telling, act of ignorance.


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