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U.S. Prepares to Lift Ban on Guantánamo Cases

The New York Times reports on January 19, 2011 in an article entitled "U.S. Prepares to Lift Ban on Guantanamo Cases," that The Obama administration is preparing to increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. This move acknowledges that the prison in Cuba remains open for business after Congress imposed steep new impediments to closing the facility.

The Times reports:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to soon lift an order blocking the initiation of new cases against detainees, which he imposed on the day of President Obama’s inauguration. That would clear the way for tribunal officials, for the first time under the Obama administration, to initiate new charges against detainees.

First up? Potentially Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the American destroyer Cole in Yemen; Ahmed al-Darbi, a Saudi accused of plotting, in an operation that never came to fruition, to attack oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz; and Obaydullah, an Afghan accused of concealing bombs.

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