President Barack Obama acts on Guantanamo as he begins work

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Barack Obama has applied to have military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay suspended as he got straight down to work after his historic inauguration.

Hours after attending a series of inaugural balls, the new President headed for the Oval Office where he issued a request to halt proceedings in 21 pending cases including one relating to the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Obama was expected to launch straight into tackling his top military and economic challenges, in the hope of getting his administration off to a fast start.

His first move came in the form of a request to prosecutors at the controversial military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to suspend trial proceedings. Military judges were expected to rule on the request later on Wednesday.

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Randll Reese Besch - 1/24/2009

All of the other black sites for internment and torture. A full accounting of them, inventory and bring them to light and close them down too. Otherwise nothing substantial would have been accomplished.