POSTPONEMENT

Torture Reports Delayed

Guess this wasn't as easy as the administration thought: A Justice Department task force had to request an extension on its deadline to file a report examining U.S. interrogation and detention policy, citing the extraordinarily complex issues involved. President Obama has said that the problem of what to do with some of the most dangerous prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay is one of the most challenging he faces, and the report's delay proves his point. The two separate reports, one on detention, the other on interrogation, received extensions of six months and two months, respectively. An anonymous official explained why the report had to be postponed: "We want to make sure that we have looked at every single angle because [Obama] will challenge us on these issues." The Obama administration has said that it is sticking to its plan of closing Gitmo by January 2010.