Barack Obama has issued an executive order calling for the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay to be closed within a year, and for the Central Intelligence Agency to shut down a system of secret prisons immediately.

From The New York Times:

The order on Guantánamo says that the camp, which received its first hooded and chained detainees seven years ago this month, ‘shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.”

Read Indy coverage of protesters at Barack Obama’s inauguration, calling for Obama to close down the camp. Later that day, Obama signed an order calling for an immediate halt to military tribunal proceedings at Guantanamo while his administration reviewed how to move forward.