Obama opposes Guantanamo provision in defense bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 8, 2011 01:26

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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