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U.S. attorney general visits Guantanamo prison
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08:30, February 24, 2009

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Monday visited the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of the Obama administration's ongoing review on how to close the facility within one year.

Accompanied by aides from the Justice Department, Holder inspected the detention facilities and courtrooms there, according to U.S. TV and wire reports.

He also reportedly met with U.S. military officers for information about Guantanamo.

On Jan. 21, one day after his swearing-in, U.S. President Barack Obama signed three executive orders, one about closing Guantanamo within one year, another banning torture and the third ordering a review of options for handling future detainees.

Prior to his visit to Guantanamo, Holder on last Friday named an executive director for an interagency task force responsible for implementing Obama's order to review of the status of individual Guantanamo detainees.

Guantanamo is widely regarded as a symbol of the Bush administration's controversial anti-terror policies, such as using waterboarding or simulated drowning.

The prison was opened in 2002, and currently has 245 detainees.

Source:Xinhua



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