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President Obama on Monday lifted his ban on the filing of new charges against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, giving the green light for military trials, with revised procedures, to resume, the New York Times reported.
The executive order signed by the president also creates a system of indefinite detention for detainees who pose a significant threat to national security, the Washington Post said.
The move, two years after Obama pledged to close the prison camp, represents a policy defeat for the president.
Obama has wanted to hold a civilian trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed chief plotter of the Sept. 11 attacks, and others accused of terrorism, but Congress has blocked their transfer to the United States.
The president said in a statement that from the beginning of his administration, "the United States has worked to bring terrorists to justice consistent with our commitment to protect the American people and uphold our values."
Administration officials declined to discuss individual cases, but one senior official said he expected new charges to be brought against some detainees within days or weeks.
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