Closing Guantánamo Will Take a Year

President-elect Obama may issue an order to close Guantánamo next Wednesday, but the task of finding a home for its 248 prisoners may take up to a year, The New York Times reports. Some of the detainees will be sent to other prisons while others will be resettled abroad—though some of those prisoners can’t return home without fear of retribution. The paper also reports two developments: Obama officials will reject the Bush plan to replace Guantánamo with indefinite detention inside the United States. Obama will also “immediately” end his predecessor’s military commissions, having thought of them, in the words of one source, as a “complete and utter failure.”