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November 2009 , Page 55 

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Guantánamo Update

By Michael Price

Little Progress After Eight Months of Obama

After President Barack Obama ordered an immediate halt to the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay and pledged to empty the prison camps by this January,1 attorneys for the John Adams Project quietly celebrated. Feeling the same sense of hope that propelled Obama into the White House, many military and civilian lawyers representing so-called “high-value” detainees in the war court believed the cases would soon be transferred to federal courts inside the United States. Sadly, that hope was short-lived.

Preventive Detention

In mid-May came the news that President Obama intended not only to revive the military commissions, but was also contemplating a system of “preventive detention” for detainees that his administration does not want to charge or release. Standing in front of the Constitution and Bill of Rights at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., President Obama made the jaw-dropping announcement that his administration would work with

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