Executive Orders signed by Barack Hussein Obama: -Guantanamo Bay must be closed down within a year. Nothing is clear yet about what exactly the government plans to do with the detainees, whose trials have been suspended. Along with Guantanamo, the CIA has been ordered to shut down their overseas network of covert prisons where theyve kept suspects in secret custody for months or years. Another order Obama signed created a task force to figure out what to do next. -Bush's ban on international family planning, contraception, and abortion services has been revoked. -The U.S. Army Field Manual is now the official standard for interrogation for all U.S. personnel; it prohibits waterboarding as well as threats, coercion, and physical abuse.... A source of the Washington Post suggests that there may be revisions to that manual in store, which would re-expand what is allowed. -Anyone in the White House who makes more than $100k is getting a pay freeze. -Executive branch employees are now prohibited from taking gifts from lobbyists. (WTF? Shouldn't this have been the law ALL ALONG?) -Hiring, firing, and other employment practices in the executive branch must now be made based on qualifications, competence, and experience, as opposed to political connections. (WTF? How was this not ALREADY a rule? Oh wait, never mind....heck of a job, Brownie) -New executive branch appointees may not take part in any matter related to any employer or client that theyve worked with during the last two years, or work on any issue area or in any department of government that they lobbied during the last two years. This is intended to stop revolving door cronyism, of course, and may affect a lot of Obamas staff. -Executive branch employees who leave government service are now prohibited from lobbying the executive branch for two years after they leave or the rest of the Obama administration, whichever is longer. -Other officials besides the President *cough*CHENEY*cough* can no longer claim executive privilege to keep executive-branch documents sealed. Bush gave that power to former Presidents and Vice-Presidents -Obama has ordered new guidelines to be developed for government communication and the Freedom of Information Act to implement principles of openness, transparency, and participatory government.