Guantanamo Bay

January 22, 2009: “Guantanamo Will Be Closed No Later Than One Year From Now.”

ROBERT GIBBS:  “I Don't Know When The Process Will Be Done.” (White House Press Briefing, 1/21/10)

“Guantanamo Will Be Closed No Later Than One Year From Now.” “This first executive order that we are signing, by the authority vested in me as president by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interest of justice, I hereby order. And we then provide the process whereby Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now.” (President Obama, Press Conference, 1/22/09)

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: “We Expect Before January -- Well Before January -- We Will Have A Decision On Each And Every Individual Being Held.”
“The Guantanamo Bay detention camp will close by next January, Vice-President Joe Biden said Thursday, adding that decisions on all inmates were likely ‘well before January.’… Speaking during a trip to eastern Europe taking in Georgia and Ukraine, he added: ‘We expect before January -- well before January -- we will have a decision on each and every individual being held.’” (“Biden Says Guantanamo Will Close By January,” AFP, 7/23/09)

ERIC HOLDER, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: “The First Of These Executive Orders Calls For An Immediate Review Of The Status Of All Individuals Currently Being Held At The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base And Orders The Closure Of That Facility Within One Year. Now This Order Establishes An Interagency Task Force … I Chair This Task Force.” (AG Holder, Remarks To The Jewish Council For Public Affairs Plenum 2009, Washington, D.C., 3/2/09)

ROBERT GIBBS On Whether They Would Meet The January Deadline: “Absolutely.”
Q: “Do you guys still feel like the January 20th deadline for closing Gitmo is within reach?” ROBERT GIBBS: “Absolutely.” (White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 6/29/09)