President Barack Obama says the United States will restart military trials for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
President Obama said Friday military commissions are appropriate for trying enemies who violate the laws of war, if the commissions are properly structured and administered.
The president said Defense Secretary Robert Gates will notify Congress of several changes to the rules governing the military trials.
Mr. Obama said the changes include not using as evidence statements obtained from detainees using cruel, inhuman and degrading interrogation methods, and limiting the use of hearsay information heard through another person.
The human rights group Amnesty International says Mr. Obama is breaking a major campaign promise by reinstating what it calls the same "deeply flawed" military commissions that he previously described as a failure.