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Commentary: Guantanamo testing U.S. courage

Throughout his presidential campaign, Barack Obama was an outspoken critic of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and an advocate of relying on recognized constitutional values to deal with the detainees. Now that he is president, a young Afghan detainee named Mohammed Jawad is testing Mr. Obama's commitment.

There are troubling signs the president is wavering.

Mr. Jawad is believed to be the youngest of the more than 700 detainees ever held at the island prison. He may have been as young as 12 when he was seized by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and shipped to Guantanamo in 2003.

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