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January 22, 2009
President Obama orders Guantánamo prison closed

On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed orders to close the Guantánamo Bay prison within a year. These developments, which raise legal and logistical questions, are among the first to address Obama’s inaugural pledge to “reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”

Sarah Mendelson, a security and human rights specialist with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, speaks with Martin Savidge about where the prisoners might go, how they are likely to be tried and what this could mean for other notorious prisons like Pul-e-Charkhi in Afghanistan.

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