"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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President Obama has ordered that the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed within the next year. He also - and perhaps more importantly - ordered that the CIA can only use interrogation methods that are in the Army Field Manual and outlawed the use of secret U.S. prisons in other countries.

This is a huge step on the road to rebuilding America's reputation, and, more importantly, to seeing that the people who've been held without trial get justice. A year is a reasonable amount of time to get it all sorted out, especially with respect to the sticky problem of resettling innocent prisoners in new countries. Portugal and Australia have offered to take some; Switzerland yesterday said they would take prisoners if it was necessary for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Don't get me wrong; some of these people have done or planned to do terrible things. But others are completely innocent and, both types of prisoners have been held without even being charged with crimes. That's not America. That's not what our Constitution is about. That Obama is trying to undo so much of the damage George W. Bush did to our national reputation and to the Constitutional protections of habeas corpus in his first days in office is a very, very good sign.


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