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Obama restarts Guantanamo military trials

Pictured: Guantanamo Bay Prison

March 7, 2011 12:11:05 AM PST
The White House on Monday announced the resumption of military commission trials at Guantanamo Bay, ending a two-year ban.

President Barack Obama vowed when he took office to close the detention facility at Guantanamo, but officials have recently acknowledged that closure is not likely because of questions about where terror suspects would be held.

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system - including Article III courts - to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened," the president said in a statement. Article III courts are civilian federal courts.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.