Guantanamo Bay Will Not Be Closed by January 22nd 2010 Say Report
Reports today suggest that Guantanamo Bay will not be closed by Obama's January 22nd 2010 deadline as not every detainee will be removed by that time, although the number left will be considerably less than the current 220 number.
There has long been an assumption that Obama's administration will not meet its target given the hardship of finding new places to move the detainees to; perhaps it was too aggressive of a target?
The Washington Post is reporting that Greg Craig, the chief White House legal adviser is no longer in charge of the Guantanamo Bay relocation project.
Mr Obama signed the executive order closing Guantanamo two days after his Jan 20 inauguration, aiming to draw a firm line under the "war on terror" regime of George W Bush, who opened the jail in early 2002 to house terror suspects.
Only a dozen or so detainees have been moved so far as many countries seem to be reluctant to take in the new prisoners and Washington cannot send prisoners home to countries that may torture them when they arrive.
However, three detainees were sent to Ireland and Yemen just today.