March 11th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
5 years ago

Envoy to oversee closing of GITMO

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two senior administration officials confirm that Daniel Fried will be named a special envoy to oversee the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Fried is currently assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. The new job is intended to underscore the administration’s seriousness in shutting down the facility. Fried is a veteran diplomat who worked under former President George W. Bush. His main job will be to negotiate transferring Guantanamo detainees to third countries, mainly in Europe.


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  1. constantly amazed

    A real tangled web Obama weaves. What is that old saying?

    March 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. yen

    Closing GITMO doesn't mean setting dangerous prinsoners free.
    Those who are dangerous to us and to the world should remain locked up for life no matter what the cost.

    March 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Has anyone ever noticed how muslim looking that the Obama political sticker is?

    March 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    @realityking

    "The Taliban's new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center"

    Since President Obama has not released anyone from Gitmo, that would be work of your best bud the shrub.

    March 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. CNN ( certainly not news )

    Has anyone ever noticed how muslim looking that the Obama political sticker is?

    March 11, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. chicago girl

    it is truly evident in the readings of these posts just how much Bush's propaganda of fear worked on the most weak minded individuals of this country. it is sad. so sad. i really hope that education is on top of the to do list for obama so that we can have a country of educated individuals return to the true values of this country.

    March 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Larry from RI

    No one said anything about "releasing" these guys.
    Where do you people get this stuff – must be Faux news or Rush Limpballs!

    This is about closing Gitmo, which is a festering sore on American values.
    America does not torture, if you take issue with this fundamental principle of true American values then perhaps you are no better than our enemies?

    March 11, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Gerald

    I am not an American (Canadian), so perhaps that gives me a little distance with which to consider some comments posted here. I have the sense that closing of Gitmo should do a whole lot to reduce terrorism even if all the detainees would go somewhere to become active terrorists; because closing Gitmo would remove one of the most effective recruiting lines the terrorists have.

    I have had the opportunity to get to know one of the service men who worked interrogation in Iraq and came back a morally and psychologically scarred person. The victims of torture and such policies are not all foreign or "enemy" personnel. Many are Americans.

    March 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Super D

    This is nothing but a bunch of politically correct crap.

    This is why people want Obama to fail. His ideas and the ideas of the Left are frankly stupid.

    I hope that they somehow break out and murder Liberals. That would be justice.

    March 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Concerned in MA

    @Sue:

    Guantanamo Bay IS NOT stolen land. The United Stated government is in a long-term lease with the Cuban government for the use of that land. In other words, we pay the Cuban government. Since 1902, by the way.

    Get your facts straight.

    March 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Concrned in MA

    @Sue:

    Guantanamo Bay IS NOT stolen land. The United Stated government is in a long-term lease with the Cuban government for the use of that land. In other words, we pay the Cuban government. Since 1902, by the way.

    Get your facts straight.

    March 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Maryland Democrat

    What about trying them? We captured them for a reason, didn't we? Would it be such a travesty to bring those reasons to light?

    I can't stand people who say "we are letting the terrorists go free" – that's not what closing Gitmo is about. Closing Gitmo is about resolving whether or not those people are terrorists. The actual terrorists should be TRIED AND CONVICTED, so the cases are closed. And those that are NOT terrorists should be TRIED AND ACQUITTED and set free.

    I also cannot stand to see that some people were let free without trial. Regardless of OUR (as a nation) mistakes in letting detainment without trial go on for 7 years, or even torture, that does not mean that those we release are automatically innocent. They should have been tried as well.

    If we gave a trial to every individual who was or is locked up in Guantanamo Bay, how is that not the right course? It is not a matter of "giving rights to terrorism" – like I said above – it is about proving which detainees actually were terrorists!

    March 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Maryland Democrat

    What about trying them? We captured them for a reason, didn't we? Would it be such a travesty to bring those reasons to light?

    I can't stand people who say "we are letting the terrorists go free" – that's not what closing Gitmo is about. Closing Gitmo is about resolving whether or not those people are terrorists. The actual terrorists should be TRIED AND CONVICTED, so the cases are closed. And those that are NOT terrorists should be TRIED AND ACQUITTED and set free.

    I also cannot stand to see that some people were let free without trial. Regardless of OUR (as a nation) mistakes in letting detainment without trial go on for 7 years, or even torture, that does not mean that those we release are automatically innocent. They should have been tried as well.

    If we gave a trial to every individual who was or is locked up in Guantanamo Bay, how is that not the right course? It is not a matter of "giving rights to terrorism" – like I said above – it is about proving which detainees actually were terrorists!

    March 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. mother of a soldier

    I do not believe Obama whose experience is only as a community organizer or anyone else is entitled to an opinion here who has not faced these people in battle, had a fmaily member serve and heard first hand or lost a family member who fought courageously. I see alot of ignorance force fed by the media. Those who say we are no better than them if we torture, please enlist, enlighten yourself or be quiet.

    March 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. walleye

    Wake up!! We are looking at closing Gitmo, NOT letting these prisoners wander our streets. They will be going to trial which is something that was denied to them under Bush/Cheney the true terrorists.

    March 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. TRUTH

    New Day- You are a fool. Try these sub-human scum in an American court of law? They do not have nor do they deserve constitutional rights that we Americans have. You are twisted. If these scum are tried, then many of them will walk free. People on the Left will probably praise them and they will write books about their stories which the left will buy and make them millionaires. These are the worst of the worst. And Beverly- Guess what, the torture that has occurred at Gitmo since Obama became President has gotten WORSE! Stop blaming Bush for every crisis. These people are scum. Liberals will stop at nothing to give terrorosts more rights than American citizens.

    March 11, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Either charge Bush with war crimes under the Geneva Convention or release these prisoners, the WORLD is calling for one or the other. Read the laws of the Geneva Convention and you will better understand how Bush violated the laws. Nobody likes those prisoners including myself, but holding them is in violation of the law and Obama has no choice. Bush should have cleaned up his mess before he left.

    March 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is about cleaning up Bush's unlawful mess.

    March 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Rob

    And so this envoy will make sure that every detainee leaving gets the name of a good liberal, anti-America lawyer to help with the lawsuit they'll file. Heck, I'm surprised the Dems didn't include the detainees as getting a bailout. Hey, wasn't it Murtha who said his state would be happy to take the detainees?

    And no Sue, the first step is getting your facts straight. Your inaccurracy just shows your ignorance. You're almost as idiotic as Jeff in Illinois.

    March 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Marc

    To all those pointing out that SOME of those who had been released became terrorist (and I wonder why...) or have returned to their terrorist activities: since the current president has not released ANYONE yet, then you please point the fault to those who really did it, i.e. the former presidency.
    There is the problem that there are guys that are really guilty of comitting terrorist crimes (or at the very least to give some kind of support to them), but either the proofs against them were obtained illegally (check what 'fruit of the poisoned tree' means to our legal system), or there isn't any at all. Plus those who, after being prosecuted, will spend some time (perhaps for life) behind bars will have to be taken somewhere.
    In Spain, where those lunatics of ETA have been acting for decades, the most dangerous terrorists are mingled with their most dangerous 'common' criminals. It's not a perfect system, but it works.

    March 11, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Maryland Dem

    Concrned in MA –

    What you say is only half true.

    The United States did put out a long-term (99 year, I believe) lease on Guantanamo Bay, for the purpose of establishing the military base there.

    HOWEVER, The United States has not paid the lease since the 1960s (I believe), when the cuban government under Fidel Castro began refusing the American payment and demanding Guantanamo Bay back.

    If Cuba would accept the American lease payments, than we would be paying again.

    March 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Maryland Dem

    Concrned in MA –

    What you say is only half true.

    The United States did put out a long-term (99 year, I believe) lease on Guantanamo Bay, for the purpose of establishing the military base there.

    HOWEVER, The United States has not paid the lease since the 1960s (I believe), when the cuban government under Fidel Castro began refusing the American payment and demanding Guantanamo Bay back.

    If Cuba would accept the American lease payments, than we would be paying again.

    March 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Divsional Change?

    Wow, what a great change to help the security of the United States. They have already shown that the terrorists there feel that the attack on the WTC was justified and "blessed" How on earth is setting them free going to keep us safe? It isn't. Obama is pandering to the world rather than ensuring the safety of Americans on American soil – and don't go and twist this into domestic attacks.

    March 11, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. hunter

    So, Obama is closing Gitmo and just releasing all these guys into freddom.

    Where do you morons get your information? My lord, the right wing propaganda program (pogrom) is so depressing, frightening really.

    The Taliban clown was not released by Obama. Please go back and bury your heads in EX-VP Chaney's rear end- for the sake of the rest of the world.

    March 11, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. AIPAC firmly in control!

    blocking anyone

    who is critical of ISRAEL's GENOCIDAL crimes against humanity in general and against the palestinians in particular

    holding any power in washington and beyond.

    AIPAC, and their boy LIE-berman, just blocked charles freeman's nomination as the head of intelligence business.

    it's just that simple.

    the intelligence business worldwide, never mind in the US, is

    thoroughly infiltrated and dominated by AIPAC and its allies.

    just like the loan-sharking business and the message-manipulating business.

    March 11, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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