Among the first acts of the new president will be closing forever the nightmare that is known as Guantanamo prison which has done more to smear the name of America than any other act of the Bush administration. Obama has long stated his intention to close the notorious prison which has caused millions around the world to dislike America. It is expected prisoners will either be returned to their home nations, placed on trial in the United States or appear before special terrorist courts. During the campaign, Senator Obama described Guantanamo as a “sad chapter in American history” and he undoubtedly will act to end secret raids in other nations that were commonly authorized by Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush. Many of those detained have never been confronted with specific charges because none exist except in the mind of sick minds like Rumsfeld and Cheney.
Lawrence Tribe of Harvard who serves as a legal advisor to Obama, said closing the prison was a high priority and challenged those who fear placing accused terrorists on trial on American soil. Of course, they should be tried in American courts and entitled to all the rights of anyone who is on trial. This is America, not an al-Qaeda approach to civil rights.