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Salem-News.com (Jan-21-2009 08:57)

US: Obama Calls for 120-Day Halt to Guantanamo Military Commissions

"The confusion and uncertainty that we repeatedly witnessed at Guantanamo reflects the ad hoc nature of these military commission proceedings" - Joanne Mariner, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program director at Human Rights Watch

(GUANTANAMO BAY) - Detainees at Guantanamo Bay President Barack Obama acted swiftly and expeditiously by calling for a halt to the unfair military commission proceedings at Guantanamo, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch said that the order, which Obama issued within hours of taking office, underscored the urgency of the decision to stop the commissions from holding further proceedings. The order directed military commission prosecutors to seek a 120-day suspension of all pending cases.

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