President Obama will sign a presidential order on Thursday directing that the prison located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be closed during the next 12 months. The White House issued a statement saying that closing the facility "would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice."
Some of the 250 people being held there will be released, while others will be transferred to other facilities. The transferees will stand trial at a later date.
One of President Obama's first acts after taking office was to adjourn the criminal proceedings against Canadian-born Omar Khadr and five men accused of conspiracy in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Not everyone is pleased with this action on the part of the new U.S. president. Relatives of victims killed in the terrorist attack have expressed anger at the news.