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Guantanamo ordered closed within a year; detainee-treatment rules changed

President Barack Obama today signed executive orders that will close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba, “no later than one year from now” and initiate new treatment rules, saying America will act “in a manner consistent with our values and ideals,” the Washington Post reports.

“The orders include an immediate case-by-case review of the 245 detainees remaining at Guantanamo, as well as the application of new rules governing the treatment and interrogation of prisoners, including compliance with international treaties that the Bush administration deemed inapplicable to suspects in terrorism cases,” the Post says.

“Obama also signed two executive orders today to alter CIA detention and interrogation rules, limiting interrogation standards in all U.S. facilities worldwide to those outlined in the Army Field Manual, and prohibiting the agency from secretly holding terrorist detainees in third-country prisons.”

Yesterday the president suspended all judicial proceedings at Guantanamo while a review takes place.

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