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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emptywheel @theurbansherpa she definitely used to. But then she got a better Parish.
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bmaz This is too laugh. Come on, seriously?? https://t.co/V8G1sq5gCZ
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emptywheel @lawrencelebin Absolutely not my place to judge people's faith.
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bmaz .@McCannSportsLaw No, having JD does not mean diddly squat. It is whether you have practiced enough to have a clue about what you are doing
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa You accusing your mom of squirming at Mass? She's not really the squirming type.
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bmaz Welp, @ESPN, @MortReport + Lester Munson are not just heinous stenographers of lies, but duplicitous on law too http://t.co/YY6PCX9Ve0
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emptywheel @SportsbySharona Tebow's job might better be described as 2-point conversion captain, not backup QB. @tyschalter
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emptywheel @TheTabbasco Yup. That's why I said he'd partly listen to those bits. @LOLGOP
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa I'd love to see them go to Mass bc they'd prolly squirm a lot. And Huff and Puff.
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emptywheel @WilliamOckhamTx Now that you mention it it does say 2016 inside. @barryeisler
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bmaz @RMFifthCircuit No! Still wondering about that,
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emptywheel Will Sammy Alito go to Mass? Will Scalia go to Mass? Will Clarence Thomas go to Mass??? Since this is all newsworthy and whatnot...
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