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NACDL News: President Obama Signs Bill to Maintain Status Quo at Guantánamo
By Ivan J. Dominguez
NACDL News columns.
On Jan. 3, 2013, NACDL issued a statement expressing its deep disappointment that despite his administration’s stated commitment to close the Guantánamo detention facility, as well as the urging of dozens of religious, civil and human rights groups, including NACDL, President Obama decided not to use his veto power to stop the enactment of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and its provisions restricting the transfer of detainees from Guantánamo for either repatriation or resettlement overseas or prosecution in the United States. Instead, President Obama again signed these restrictions into law on Jan. 2, 2013.
In addition to precluding proper prosecutions in U.S. courts of law, this law makes it difficult, for yet another year, to transfer prisoners to their home or other countries — including those at Guantánamo already cleared for transfer by the Bush and Obama administrations. As NACDL has maintained year after year, implementation of this type of legislation u
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