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Obama's civil liberties
What is stopping the US president from fulfilling his pledge to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison?
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2011 14:36 GMT

Is Barack Obama, the US president, following in the footsteps of George W. Bush?

With mounting criticism over his inability to uphold his promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison within one year of his inauguration, many question if Obama will ever be able to fulfill his promise.

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Upholding many of his predecessor's actions has led supporters of Bush-era policies to feel justified, while civil liberties groups become increasingly concerned.

Has Obama veered from the path he set for himself, just two years into his presidency?

On Wednesday's Riz Khan, we speak with human rights activist Bianca Jagger; David Remes, the attorney for 18 Guantanamo detainees; and legal expert David Rivkin.

You can join the conversation. Call in with your questions and comments on Wednesday, January 19, at our live time of 1930GMT. Repeats air the next day at 0430GMT, 0830GMT and 1430GMT.

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