January 10, 2011
Executive Order 0?
The January 22, 2009 signing ceremony was...well, ceremonial. The newly installed president of the United States sat at his desk in the Oval Office. He was flanked by the wise and grave counselors who had enthusiastically supported his historic election. He took the pen in left hand and signed with a flourish the first executive order of the New Era. The U.S. prison facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba would be closed not less than one year from the date of his signature. The clock began ticking toward January 22, 2010.By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Guantánamo) and promptly to close detention facilities at Guantánamo, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States...(Read Full Article)