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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bmaz @BlanksSlate Ooops, guess I should have bothered to look! per @hmintz "Thomas, Bybee, Quist, motion panel kept w a visiting judge"
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bmaz RT @BlanksSlate: @hmintz @bmaz In the middle of March Madness. Nice. Is the panel set yet?
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bmaz @BlanksSlate @hmintz I presume no, the 9th announces those pretty late in the game, so to speak.
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bmaz @hmintz No panel announcement yet I presume.
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bmaz RT @hmintz: 9th Circuit has set argument in O'Bannon v. NCAA case for March 17
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bmaz Drunk White House drone dude should have paid attention to @lawfareblog Drone Smackdown....No drones in DC pal! http://t.co/J2nWBwGf4Y
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bmaz @MasaccioEW Yeah, Glendale bit off more than it can chew. The stadium should have been built in Phoenix.
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emptywheel Imagine if the Mormon Church could get back all the $$ they squandered trying to enforce inequality in CA and spent it on the poor...
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emptywheel @phillipanderson Same w/McCaffrey. "Goddamnit, Alpha, don't you know this cold makes my feet hurt. WHY ARE YOU HURTING MEEEEEEE?!?!?!?!"
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emptywheel @phillipanderson Part of extreme pack reliance of dogs is that they cannot fathom that the alpha doesn't control the weather. Makes sense.
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emptywheel @TimothyS You don't think those guys were in charge of Libya which is why they backlashed themselves in Syria?
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