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Kerry Hails Signing of Executive Orders


Location: Washington, DC

Kerry Hails Signing of Executive Orders

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) issued the following statement after President Obama signed Executive Orders that will close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay within a year and demand an end to the use of coercive interrogation techniques:

"Today is a great day for the rule of law in the United States of America. A detention facility where individuals have been held for more than seven years without charge is contrary to the most basic principles of American justice. It has done incalculable damage to our reputation for equitable justice. The use of coercive or ‘enhanced' interrogation techniques, some in clear violation of the Geneva Convention, should never have been authorized. These policies have not only hurt our international standing but actually diminished our security. Today's decisions mark a vital first step on the road to restoring our national honor, reviving our moral leadership, and addressing the root causes of terrorism. The world is watching, and today President Barack Obama sent a clear message to people everywhere: America is ready to lead again—not just with our words, but by our example."

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