According to two government officials, the President is expected to give orders soon regarding the closure of Guantanamo.
The officials interviewed by the Associated Press reported the President will begin overhauling U.S. national security policy on Thursday. Among other items on his agenda, one is to review the military trials of terror suspects and end harsh interrogations.
Together, the three executive orders and a presidential directive will reshape how the United States prosecutes and questions al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to Americans.
According to a senior Obama administration official; the president is expected to sign an order on Thursday to close the Guantanamo prison within one year.
An estimated 245 men are being held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, most of whom have been detained for years without being charged with a crime. The administration already has received permission to suspend the trials at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.
Between 60 and 120 Guantanamo prisoners may be considered low-threat detainees and will be transferred to other countries, either for rehabilitation or release. Only Portugal so far has agreed to take some of those detainees.
Obama's advisers are looking at whether the terror suspects should be tried in federal courts under long-standing military or civilian criminal law. It's possible the administration could call for a new national security court system - a hybrid of the two - although the official described that as a last resort.