Politics & Government

January 21, 2009

Obama moves on Guantanamo vow, seeks to delay trials

Only hours after taking office, President Barack Obama late Tuesday sought a 120-day freeze in the war crimes trials of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so that the new administration can study whether it will pursue the controversial military commissions system authorized by Congress in October, 2006. Pentagon prosecutor Clayton Trivett said he had been ordered to seek the delay "at the direction of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense.'' Obama has pledged to close the detention center.

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