Obama restarts Guantanamo trials
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama today approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban.
It was the latest acknowledgement that the detention facility Obama had vowed to shut down within a year of taking office will remain open for some time to come.
But even while announcing a resumption of military commission trials, Obama reaffirmed his support for trying terror suspects in U.S. federal courts — something that's met vehement resistance on Capitol Hill.
"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system - including Article III courts — to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," the president said in a statement.
The White House also reiterated that the administration remains committed to eventually closing Guantanamo Bay, though today's actions didn't seem to bring that outcome any closer.