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Published:January 23rd, 2009 11:12 EST

Muslims Thank Obama for Ordering Gitmo Closed

By SOP newswire2

American Muslims and others concerned with maintaining our nation`sethical standards to thank President Obama for signing an executive order today to close down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year.

Gitmo Thatorder was one of three the President signed today. Another formally bans torture by U.S. interrogators,and the third establishes an interagency task force to set policies for the "apprehension, detention, trial, transfer or release of detainees."

SEE: A Look at Obama`s Latest Executive Orders (AP)
SEE ALSO: Obama Signs Executive Order to Close Guantanamo Bay (CNN)

Obama`sexecutive orders today follow a statement from his inaugural address in which he said: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Obama`s `Encouraging` Statement to Muslim World

"We are pleased to see President Obama following through with his promises to end some of the shameful practices that have harmed our nation`s moral authority in the world in recent years," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "These executive orders are an important first step to restoring the rule of law and aligning our security policies with traditional American values."

Awad noted that CAIR has urged for years that the prisons at Guantanamo be shut down.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Close Gitmo Prison Camp (6/11/2006)
SEE: CAIR Capitol Hill Panel Calls for Gitmo Closure (6/27/2006)

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be polite and respectful.)

1. CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA to thank him for taking decisive action to close the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, to ban torture as an interrogation technique and to establish policies for the ethical treatment of detainees.

White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111, Fax: 202-456-2461