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 @kgosztola So who did get into presser? Any chance city is giving preferential access to those who've agreed to edit it?
emptywheel RT @muckrakery: Waiting outside as the rest of Chicago establishment media get first access to the video I helped pry loose.
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emptywheel RT @WSJ: A judge has chided the Obama administration over delays in closing the Guantanamo prison https://t.co/qQbU4vdd1F
emptywheel To be clear, I don't think Obama changed OWN rationale for assassination being cool--I think John Yoo's (or whoever's) was just that bad.
emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS Hard to believe it's not. 17 secs isn't lot of time to chase down Russian plane if you're not planning ahead @empiricalerror
emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS THe radar shows a pass through, a circle around, then another pass through. So maybe that circle around was a bombing run?
emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS Was Russia warned not to breach airspace or not to attack Turkmen rebels?
emptywheel Obama Administration Changed the Rationale for Why Assassinations Don’t Violate the Assassination Prohibition https://t.co/utwSQ2Uy6Z
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