Day 2: Orders Guantanamo closed, bans torture

It should come as a surprise to nobody that one of the first orders from the new preident is to order the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and that so called “harsh interrogation techniques” (ie: torture) are banned. All overseas CIA prisons where suspected terrorists are held are also to be shut down.

Mr Obama signed the three executive orders on Thursday, further distancing his new administration from the policies of his predecessor, George W Bush.

He said the Guantanamo prison “will be closed no later than one year from now.”

The US would continue to fight terror, he said, but maintain American values while doing so.

Mr Obama has also limited the methods investigators can use to question terrorism suspects.

Threats, coercion, physical abuse and waterboarding are now all banned.

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