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THOMAS JOSCELYN is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). He is the executive director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at FDD. He is a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard and senior editor of the Long War Journal.
On January 22, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order calling for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be closed within one year. It was one of the new president’s first acts in office. The President explained that closing Guantanamo would return America to the “moral high ground” and restore “the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war.”