Monday, January 10, 2011
President Obama signed into law a military appropriations bill that makes it extremely difficult for the President to keep his promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in the near future. Section 1032 of the bill prohibits the use of any funding authorized by the bill for the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States for trials in federal courts (unless they are U.S. citizens). Section 1033 of the bill prohibits funds from being used to transfer detainees to foreign countries unless ordered by a U.S. court or certain certifications are made by the Obama Adminstration. President Obama expressed reluctance upon signing the bill, but said he felt compelled to sign it because of the need for appropriations for other military-related matters. He has pledged to continue to find ways to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay.