The Most Memorable Moments of President Obama's First Term
Signs Order to Close Guantanamo Bay
On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to close down the detention...
On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to close down the detention center/prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba within a year. Sadly, the executive order was never fulfilled and Guantanamo Bay remains open, despite outcries from several civil liberties groups. Asked whether the prison would ever be closed, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement to ABC: "Obviously Congress has taken a number of steps to prevent the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but the President still believes it's in our national security interest and will keep trying."