March 11th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
9 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. Mike

    TO: Reality King:
    Why do you not tell the truth in your posts? Why do you lie?????
    1. Obama has not released any "prisoners" – not one!!!
    2. The Supreme Court did not rule what you said they ruled!!!!
    Again – why do you lie.
    1. Bush released "prisoners" – why did he???
    2. Obama willhave them tried
    3. If any are terrorosts they will recieve justice.
    4. Under Bush everyone was held. Some were probably terrorists, some were terrorists – and some probly were not terrorists – but you can bet they all will become terrorists now.

    March 11, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Gary

    I would like to get rid of GITMO too but what do you do with these people? You can't give them US constitutional rights, you can't free them and you can't trust other countries with them. As much as I don't care for the GITMO issue I think that it might be the most practical solution. Give them military trials and make them stay at GITMO.

    March 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Baze

    @ Kevin in Ohio

    I like your idea, except I think we should send them to a country where they'll be tortured to death. I mean we may as well get a last bit of information out of these extremists

    March 11, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Prez BO is a disgrace

    I'm a former Gitmo detainee and I can guarantee no one wants to leave. I spent 6 years there serving for war crimes against my neighbor Steve. Now what you don't know is that steve is an idiot and deserved to have war crimes enacted on him. But I loved it at Gitmo – plenty of sun, decent bedding, and unlimited portions for all meals. not sure why we would want to close it . . .

    March 11, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Ben in Illinois

    @Beverly: try to educate yourself before posting idiotic comments. The people at G-MO aren't your friendly next door neighbors who were "kidnapped" one day for doing nothing wrong.

    Before talking about human rights abuse and our responsibility toward these people, familiarize yourself with the Geneva Conventions. You will see that as soon as somebody who is not in a recognized military and is not sanctioned by a soveriegn nation takes up arms and commits war crimes, they are not afforded many rights ESPECIALLY not the same rights citizens are.

    March 11, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. RinFL

    I sincerly feel sory for those who choose ignorance over the possiability of knowledge, who choose bigotry over acceptance, like to pick and choose what parts of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights they like but disreguard the rest, and choose irrationality over rational thought. But for some reason I am as a moth to the flame as I keep comming here only to see the the same hatefull, willfully ignorant comments.

    March 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    What's always amazing is how the right who insist that the founding documents were a gift from God are so quick to disavow what's in those documents at the first hint of problems. Yes, grab some people off the street and send them to Gitmo or to be tortured, suspend free speech, call anyone a traitor who disagrees. It's sad what a lack of education is bringing upon this country: we're rotting from within. There was a movie recently about the US in a couple of hundred years where we had a pro-wrestler as President and all the trailer trash people outnumbered the educated and voted accordingly. Bad movie, good points though.

    March 11, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. J.P.

    I hope Barry Soetoro is willing to house the GITMO terrorists in his house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    March 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Rob

    AIPAC firmly in control! March 11th, 2009 12:13 pm ET – The looney farm just called, stay where you are, they'll be around to pick you up soon.

    No, the truly GENOCIDAL ones are the fanatical muslims. The just plain stupid ones are the ones who think Israel is the bad guy, and supports this closing. To all you who think this is a good thing, let these people move in next to you, not me thanks. I usually don't like to wake up to the sound of anti-America speak or bombs going off.

    March 11, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. patriot

    Note to CNN headline editors: It's not GITMO, it's Gitmo. Gitmo is a nickname, not an acronymn.

    March 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. MARTY

    The Prisoners of Gitmo should have a trial only those who are not GUILTY should be release .BUSH should get a fair tryal also.

    March 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Citizen from NY

    The new Taliban leader is a former Gitmo detainee, go figure. Where does Obama intend on putting the Gitmo detainees if he closes Gitmo? Obviously, you can't release them; the go back to Al Q'eda or become a Taliban leader. We'll take a hit again, probably gbigger than 911.

    March 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Ex-Republican

    Get it right you right wing cowards! President hasn't released ANYONE yet, as usual, lies from the completely ignorant!

    There is no doubt that there are some pretty wicked people being held at Gitmo. But nobody has done a thing to figure out which ones they are. Sure they beat em and tortured them, and the prisoners were not nice after that....gee, I wonder why? What Obama has decided is we will no longer be a nation of cowards, Who stoop to the level of terrorist tactics. We will, for a change, protect our way of life by NOT sacrifcing it, nor our morals. Returning to our honorable founding principals!

    It takes true courage to take the highground, fighting with integrity and honor, rather than the cowardly dirt bag tactics imposed by the previous administration, in which we sacrifice our way of life in order to preserve it. Only a coward would endorse the stone age logic that is exhibited at Gitmo.

    March 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. New Day

    Truth – a fool am I? You are a so-called American that doesn't even beleive in America's system of laws. What does that make you? I'll tell you what it makes you; a coward. Our laws aren't to be applied when we see fit. Our laws, and how we apply them, are at the very heart of who we are. What's the point of being American if, when times are tough, we act no better than those who attack us?

    Well, "Truth," as I said before, you too will die one day. Will you live and die free and proud like an American? Or will you just collapse from a heart attack, after eating your fifth bag of pork rinds, cowered under your bed because the boogy man is coming.

    Grow a pair, will you?

    March 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ Ben in Illinois

    The Geneva Conventions are entirely irrelevant. The point is threefold:

    1. Torturing these people and not affording them representation or a fair trial violates their inalienable human rights and it does not require a piece of paper for you to understand that, accept it and act accordingly.

    2. We, as a nation and as a society, claim to believe in those inallienable human rights and have based the existence of our country thereon. If we can somehow justify abandoning our core principles with these people, who is next? The citizenry? Our privacy rights on our cell phones perhaps?

    3. It has a paradoxical affect. Torturing these people and holding them indefinitely without representation or a trial FUELS TERRORISM and anti-American sentiment. It doesn't make us safer. There's a reason Bush and Cheney are the poster children for terrorist recruitment.

    March 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. JonDie

    Bush's system of Stalinist-type prison camps when mostly nameless prisoners, some of whom are children, are tortured while they wait for a chance to be convicted by a kangaroo court during which they are not really allowed to fully defend themselves is a HUGE stain on our traditions (and Guantanamo is only the prison camp we know about, we know that many prisoners are held in secret gulags).

    Of course, Stalin's legacy hasn't really hurt the image of Russia's new post-comunist dictatorship, and communist China owns almost the entire US economy.

    March 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Also, with respect to "The people at G-MO aren't your friendly next door neighbors who were "kidnapped" one day for doing nothing wrong."

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Hmmmm? That's an inalienable right we claim to believe in as well and the reason these people weren't being tried is because we didn't have sufficient proof for a conviction in the majority of the cases. It is circular logic to start from the premise that they are already guilty and that's why they were there in the first place, i.e., you'r ejsut rationalizing what you know to be an abandonment of our principles.

    March 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. JP

    The other day I was watching Obama’s 50 day scoreboard in CNN. One of the items was closing GITMO.
    Closing GITMO without knowing what to do with the prisoners; an A+?
    Another item in the list was ending the Iraq war. With more than 100 people dead or wounded in Iraq during this week alone; and another A+?
    Recovered the economy; another A+ and goes on the list.
    Race for the 100 day scoreboard is fine; but only hope this whole rosy scoreboard doesn’t come crumbling down on the 101st day.

    March 11, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. AD

    Sniffit: thank you. Your points are right on. Sadly, many don't get it.

    March 11, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Michael M. Noonan

    Yeah, why don't we house them in spare White House bedrooms?

    March 11, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Marc

    Ben in Illinois – You're a big fan of those guys who turned the Department of Justice in the 'Department of Evrything Bush Does is Legal and Constitutional!', aren't you? That's exactly the poor argument used by them to justify GITMO, and it's a spin and twist on everything the Constitution stands for.
    To put it simple: WE are the GOOD guys because we don't act like the BAD guys, if we act like the BAD guys we can't pretend to be the GOOD guys without being either hypocritical or schizoid.
    The 'legal procedures' that they created for GITMO has been ruled illegal (in light of the Military Penal Code) and unconstitutional, it is very likely that many of the proofs that we have against those who are guilty of anything won't stand in any court that honors the American legal system and therefore SOMETHING has to be done with that big mess left by BUSH to anyone that respect the Laws and the Constitution of the United States of America!
    And liking you or not, something is being done BY THE BOOK!

    March 11, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. pete

    Gitmo is not closed and will not be closed. They are just moving prisoners to other facilities, spreading them around, so that the MSM will not have a straw man to attack.

    Change fools belive in.

    March 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. RealityKing

    Wow! It's great to know so many liberals will be protesting my cozy detention if I should ever get caught trying to murder people in foriegn countries!!

    March 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Phil

    These prisoners better not be brought into the United States...

    March 11, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. catmom

    The vitriol in these posts amazes me....let's just pull our troops out of Guantanamo Bay, then make a parking lot out of the whole island. Solves multiple problems.

    March 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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