Four Years After Obama Promises to Close Gitmo, State Dept Quietly Closes Office Reassigns Envoy

Closing Gitmo

(Washington Times) It was one of Barack Obama’s marquee campaign promises in 2008 to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) which Team Obama argued would erase a terrorist recruiting tool–they may not hate Americans as much.

Hours after Obama’s inauguration in January, 2009 the president halted military tribunals at Gitmo of suspected Islamic Jihadists and then two days later on the 22 January, Obama signed an ‘Executive Order’ committing to close the facility.

Four years later, the National Review reports the State Dept quietly on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried,  the special envoy for closing Gitmo and will not replace him. According to an internal personnel announcement Mr Fried’s office is being closed and his former responsibilities will now be “assumed”  by the office of the department’s legal adviser.

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