Civil Liberties

Obama Promises, Again, To Close Guantanamo

Maybe he'll do it this time


President Barack Obama on Thursday declared that America is "at a crossroads," as he urged the nation to wind down the war on terror, pledged to rein in controversial tactics like drone strikes, and announced renewed efforts to close the prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

"History will cast a harsh judgment on this aspect of our fight against terrorism, and those of us who fail to end it," he said of the detention facility there. Obama promised to resume transfers of prisoners cleared for release, lifting a moratorium he imposed three years ago on sending detainees to Yemen.