State Dept. Shuts Office in Charge of Closing Gitmo
Daniel Fried gets moved to sanctions-policy issues
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 5:43 PM CST
Daniel Fried, US State Department's top official for European relations as well as US President Barack Obama's special envoy to oversee the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, speaks to the...   (AP Photos/MTI, Lajos Soos)

(Newser) – The State Department all but raised the white flag on closing Gitmo today, quietly reassigning the special envoy in charge of shutting down the notorious prison, the New York Times reports. The office of Daniel Fried is being closed, with no one to replace him, as his work is "assumed" by a legal-advisory office inside the department, according to an internal memo. Yet President Obama's administration still says it plans to shut down Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Gitmo prisoners facing the death penalty over 9/11 appeared in a military tribunal today. Mohammed and another defendant delayed proceedings by an hour when they refused to answer questions about a request to replace one of their military lawyers; the judge eventually did it anyway, the AP reports. Click for the full Times story, which recounts Obama's failure to close Gitmo and his agreement to stop repatriating its detainees.

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saucier111
Jan 29, 2013 1:55 PM CST
Bush,cheney,rice,rumsfeld and rove all swore to the American people that it was Osama Bin Laden who was the mastermind behind 9/11. Now our intelligence agencies say Osama had nothing to do with 9/11. Then they captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and tell us he was the real mastermind behind 9/11. We American tax payers deserve a real and honest investigation into 9/11, not just another warren commission lie. Do you know why Saddam attacked Kuwait and set the oil dereks on fire. Our multi-national oil companies were slant drilling into Iraq stealing their oil.
savagenation
Jan 29, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Yet another Bush policy Obummer promised and now lied about ending, but continued. Along with 2 Bush Wars, 1 continued until the presidential election cycle; Bankster & Wall St. bailouts; crony no-bid contracts to big bundlers/doners like Naked Body Scanner, Faux Green, & Nuclear Trigger...make that Light Bulb & TV Multinational CEOs; codifying internet spying, NDAA secret arrest, torture, indefinite imprisonment and even assassination...stuff liberals apparently love when their ruler has a D next to their name. Liberals are sub-moronic when it comes to politics. They don't have the mental capacities to take stands on issues and stick with them, they only know THEY and their rulers are RIGHT, and EVERYONE ELSE is WRONG. Thus, Like animals, the D&C just needs to teach their mush head and illiterate voters 2 things: Democrats GOOD Republicans BAD Some are MORE equal than others...
Mad
Jan 28, 2013 11:04 PM CST
GITMO is 100% GWB's fault, and anyone who tries to make it Obama's problem is a brain dead idiot.