President Obama on Monday cleared the way for military tribunals for suspected terrorists to resume at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The President suspended the commissions shortly after taking office.
The White House remains "remains committed to closing" the Guantanamo center, a statement said. In prosecuting terrorists, "we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system" including U.S. criminal courts, Obama said. Some suspects will continue to be held indefinitely without trial, but Obama signed an order requiring periodic reviews of such cases.
There were 242 detainees at Guantanamo when Obama took office. Now there are about 170 suspected terrorists housed there, the Los Angeles Times reports.