One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.
The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
The U.S. moved Tuesday to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials, filing motions to suspend proceedings for 120 days until President Barack Obama’s administration completes a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.
The motions, made at the direction of Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, will be considered early Wednesday by the military judges hearing the cases of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks and of Canadian Omar Khadr, who is accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan in 2002.
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