Former President George Bush (jr) believes that President Obama will keep Bush's torture policy, Bush said "I would hope that the team that has the honor of serving the country will take a hard look at the realities of the world and the tools now in place to protect the United States from further attack," and also said "I would hope they would take a sober assessment, and I believe they will."(1 ).
A change coming?
On January 2009 President Obama signed an order to close Guantanamo Bay that said "The detention facilities at Guantanamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order," and another involving "altering CIA detention and interrogation rules, limiting interrogation standards in all US facilities worldwide to those outlined in the Army Field Manual, and prohibiting the agency from secretly holding terrorist detainees in third-country prisons,". The Army Field Manual specifically banned techniques such as beating, using dogs to intimidate them, electric shocks and waterboarding, in 2006(2 ).
Many detainees in Guantanamo are innocent. They were swept up by us forces that were unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Republican who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, said in 2009 "There are still innocent people there," and observed "Some have been there six or seven years." and said "It did not matter if a detainee were innocent. Indeed, because he lived in Afghanistan and was captured on or near the battle area, he must know something of importance," (3 ).
Many Americans disagree in February 2009 about two thirds of Americans polled support investigations into allegations into charges of torture and illegal wiretapping (4 ).
A few months later, a poll of Americans that was released in April of 2009 showed that a majority opposed a congressional investigation into the former Bush administration harsh interrogations techniques (5 ).