Obama opposes Guantanamo provision in defense bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2011 01:26

 
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WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a defense bill that includes a provision blocking the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States.

But the president said he opposes that part of the larger bill and will work to overturn it.

Obama included a special statement when he signed the defense bill. The statement said the provision about suspected terrorists held at the US Navy prison in Cuba is a "dangerous and unprecedented" challenge to the authority of the executive branch.

The president said the executive branch should be able to determine when and where to prosecute those detainees.

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