Kerry Adviser's New Job: Closing Gitmo
Sloan to reopen closure office
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 12:43 AM CDT
A US soldier keeps watch from a guard tower overlooking the Camp Delta detention center at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley,File)

(Newser) – John Kerry says that if anyone can close Guantanamo Bay, it's his adviser Clifford Sloan. The Washington lawyer is expected to be named as the Obama administration's new envoy tasked with reopening the State Department's Office of Guantanamo Closure, the AP reports. Sloan's long and bipartisan history in government includes clerking for liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and conservative prosecutor Kenneth Starr, although he doesn't have any diplomatic experience, the New York Times notes.

"It will not be easy, but if anyone can effectively navigate the space between agencies and branches of government, it's Cliff," Kerry says. "He's someone respected by people as ideologically different as Kenneth Starr and Justice Stevens, and that's the kind of bridge-builder we need to finish this job." As part of his new push to close the detention center, President Obama has also promised to appoint a new Pentagon envoy to deal with closure.

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Jun 19, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
close it let the prisoners return to their parent countries and let the take care of the problem its costing us to much to house these people and draining our resources. Or reopen alactraze.
Jun 17, 2013 6:20 PM CDT
You will have to toss Dick Cheney in there first
Jun 17, 2013 10:04 AM CDT
LMAO! Closing GITMO?!?!?! We'll good luck, if they do another will reopen somewhere else in the world, do not be so blind to believe that the US or any other government will not have its little secret prison.