08/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gitmo Report Delayed Months By Divisions Within Task Force

An Obama administration task force set up to develop a plan for the closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay will miss its first deadline this week and put off a key report until the fall amid continued divisions over how to resolve one of the president's thorniest policy dilemmas.

The task force, set up on Obama's second day in office, was charged with preparing a report to the president by Tuesday, July 21 outlining a long term detention plan for detainees captured in counter terrorism operations after Sept. 11. But continued debate within the task force over the legal basis for holding detainees who are not charged with any crimes and where to house them once they are moved from Guantanamo has forced the task force to postpone its report by a "few months," a senior administration official told Newsweek.

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