Phillip Carter, key coordinator of Guantánamo detainee policy quits

November 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Pentagon official tasked with closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center has quit the Defense Department just seven months into the job. Phillip Carter, the Obama administration official who, as assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy, was in charge of closing Guantánamo Bay, resigned last Friday. Carter, an Iraq war veteran who ran the Obama campaign’s veteran-outreach effort in 2008, submitted his resignation Friday. The Pentagon cited “personal issues” for his departure. His resignation comes on the heels of the resignation of White House counsel Gregory Craig, who was in charge of detainee policy, leaving the Obama administration without a pivotal player as it seeks to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The administration is still strongly considering movinf some of the detainees to a maximum-security prison in Thomson, Ill., about 125 miles west of Chicago.

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