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Obama Unwinds the 'War on Terror'

January 23, 2009

President Barack Obama hit the ground running on his first days in office, issuing a series of executive orders with the purpose of reversing some post-9/11 policies.

Obama promised to close the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, to overrule Bush´s 2002 executive order stating that the Geneva Conventions did not apply on terror suspects, to end the military tribunal system for trying foreign detainees, and to restore habeas corpus (the right to legal due process) to the detainees.

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Later at the State Department, Obama announced his plans for Afghanistan and the Middle East, including appointing two high-profile negotiators, Richard Holbrooke (for Afghanistan) and George Mitchell (for the Middle East).

Steven Thomma, McClatchy White House correspondent, comments on Obama’s remarkable opening days. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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