Report on Closing Gitmo Delayed 6 Months

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 5:50 AM CDT
Report on Closing Gitmo Delayed 6 Months
An American flag appears through a broken window in an airplane hangar used for media activities at Camp Justice at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base.    (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)

(Newser) – President Obama's task forces on the detention and interrogation of terror suspects will miss today's deadline for reporting their findings, the Washington Post reports. The review on detention policy has been given a 6-month extension, raising fears that the Guantanamo Bay prison may not be closed in January next year as promised. The task force on interrogation of future detainees has been given another two months.

Another task force reviewing the cases of the 229 detainees still at Guantanamo is due in October. Administration officials insist that although major issues remain unresolved, they are still on track to close Guantanamo Bay on schedule. "These are hard, complicated, consequential decisions," said one White House official. "What we are trying to do is to make sure that we make the right decisions." (Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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