Rather than Close Gitmo, We’ll Just Intercept More Medical Goods for Iran

A lot of people are talking about this story, reporting that the Envoy in charge of shutting down Gitmo will be reassigned.

The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.

The announcement that no senior official in President Obama’s second term will succeed Mr. Fried in working primarily on diplomatic issues aimed at repatriating or resettling detainees appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that it still intends to do so.

But few are talking about where Fried is being reassigned: to the sanctions department.

Mr. Fried will become the department’s coordinator for sanctions policy and will work on issues including Iran and Syria.

Granted, both trying to persuade third countries to take detainees and convincing countries to join our ever-intensifying sanctions regime against Iran involve the same skill sets.

Still, as the sanctions against Iran cause increasing difficulties for Iran’s citizens, I think it worth noting how we’ve change our human rights priorities.

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4 Responses to Rather than Close Gitmo, We’ll Just Intercept More Medical Goods for Iran

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bmaz @jessewegman @davidminbklyn I think Scott Greenfield and Jeralyn Merritt are both approachable and quite good on criminal issues.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @ZaidJilani: Tweeting this during another mass school shooting these guys are classy http://t.co/PmrCaHKHCO
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emptywheel @mattizcoop Now whyever wouldn't you want him as AG? I think w/all the PR pretending DOJ doesn't like subpoenaing journos it'd be problem.
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emptywheel @Krhawkins5 But he was chased out of govt by David Addington precisely to prevent him having influence @aliwatkins @kendilanianap @froomkin
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bmaz @jessewegman @davidminbklyn Far too much reliance on law professors.
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bmaz @jessewegman @davidminbklyn Not you personally, but generally (and from some friends I know well, I see far too little.
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emptywheel Litigious FOIA terrorist "He has filed 15 lawsuits prior to this week's 4 since 2012, acc to Courthouse News records" http://t.co/Xv08XKRRrB
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bmaz @rickhasen Probably. But if Obama waits until the Senate is lost, then Bharara becomes far more likely. And Schumer will press hard for him
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bmaz @davidminbklyn @jessewegman ...that really don't have a clue about actual formal litigation and, especially, trials.
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bmaz @davidminbklyn @jessewegman ...actual experienced practitioner on the various types of cases instead of reliance on law profs and lay people
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