November 25th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Pentagon official in charge of closing Guantanamo Bay quits

The official in charge of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center has resigned, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
The official in charge of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center has resigned, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - The official in charge of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center has resigned, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Phillip Carter had submitted his resignation letter on Friday, after just under seven months in the post, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

Morrell said Carter's move was prompted by personal and family reasons.

The Obama administration has vowed to close the Guantanamo facility, but acknowledges it is unlikely to happen by its self-imposed deadline of January 22, 2010.

About 215 men are held there. They include alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who, officials said on November 13, will be transferred to New York to go on trial in civilian court.

Carter, a lawyer and Army veteran, joined the administration April 27 after writing briefs in two key Supreme Court cases related to detainee policy.

His title was deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy.

–CNN Pentagon Producer Mike Mount contributed to this report.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Waiting for 2012 to correct our error

    That's because closing Gitmo is nothing more than political. We all know it is the best place for them and I am willing to bet it is better there than a prison here. There is absolutely NO reason for all this grandstanding by the Obama administration.

    November 25, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    I do not get why it is so difficult to close this place. Pack it up and send it home. It is just further political wrangling which gets so little actually achieved! Give fair trials to some and let others go home for the counseling they will need after such a dreadful experience. Many were just rounded up and defined as "terrorists" due to torture with very slim evidence to support charges. Bush et al are the ones who need to be in jail for war crimes. This big boogeyman, TERRORISM, will only get worse as these short-sighted profiteers continue to enforce U.S. Domination by Capitalist Aggressors. Anyone with a conscience would find it hard to enforce U.S. policy! Peace

    November 25, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. bawana

    yes the obama admin doing what is it said it was going to do,,,good for them,,close it,,but before you do put cheney,bush,limpball.hannity rumsfield,wolfowitz clouter palin and all the other repug nazi war criminals in there with the fellow low life criminals they already have and then waterboard them and see if they think it's not torture

    November 25, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    If you are unemployed in Iowa, and blame the President for your inability to get work, you need mental help. As a wingnut, maybe you could get a job as Boehner's caddie.

    November 25, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Jim in Florida

    First off we are not "closing Guantanamo Bay" . For the young CNN web heads and journalists who are probably very geographically challenged, not to mention current affairs challenged, the closing is of the DENTENTION FACILITY at Guantanamo.

    The US Naval Base at "Gitmo" will remain open.. So, your headline is misleading.

    I've spent time there boys and girls – would be nice if Obama took the time to visit – but he won't. He might learn that it was and is a good idea to house these terrorist scumbags just where they are at and not treat them like US citizens by allowing trials in Federal Court.

    November 25, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Robin

    /I would quit too. It's a bad idea. But not quite as bad as holding the 9/11 trials here.

    Did you hear the terrorist's lawyer stating that they will be given an opportunity to JUSTIFY what they did. Not only that but when O'Reilly said, "they murdered 3000 Americans",

    The lawyer stated it was not 3000, it was less then that (okay, it was 2998) and it would be up to a jury to decide if it was murder.

    Our consitution hard at work for people who want us dead. Thank you Mr. Obama.

    November 25, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Steve/Boston

    It's hard to close because Congress appropriates the funds, and once again, No party has blocked the process.

    November 25, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    I hope you that are waiting for 2012 to correct a mistake, have to wait as long as I had to correct the mistake of the 2000 and 2004 elections.

    Of course, with your new communist republican principles, you might have to wait until 2020.

    November 25, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    If we are not sending the darlings of torture from the last administration to Gitmo, we might as well close it down.

    November 25, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. ToGetherWeStand

    Closing Gitmo is the humane thing to do. We need to once again be the leaders of The Free World, starting with justice for all.

    November 25, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. buckwheat

    I think the White House would be a good place for them since the thinking would not be that much different. They shoud fit right in.

    November 25, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Jane, its so difficult to close because no one wants those prisoners. They are having a hard time getting other countries to take them, and Americans are freaking out at the idea that they will be brought to home soil for housing. What exactly do you propose they do? Should they become murderers like the people they are trying to fight?

    November 25, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. buckwheat

    Our country is screwed up now because of Left Liberal lawyers..It would not surprise me if the prisoners are on the streets of NY within 30 minutes of the start of the trials if there ever is one. You can bet your sweet bippy the ACLU will be there. They should put pictures of those planes flying into the Twin Towers on every wall and fence and johnny house.The johnny house would inpress the "Havad" bunch.

    November 25, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    He too knows now that a empty suit is in the White House.

    November 25, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Albo58

    I fully expect a lot of future resignations under this lame administration! After all, as those women/children were getting into the lifeboats, the rats were already manning the oars!

    November 25, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. joel

    You know...

    Everyone wants to close the detention center at GITMO.

    How about this as an idea...

    Alcatraz is sitting out there in California wasting away.
    How about returning that place back to its glory and house those people there???

    We have enough folks doing hard time across this land. Use inmates to rebuild what is crumbling and turn it over to the military as a brig.

    Just a thought.

    November 25, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Is this the fall guy for missing the deadline? I mean it couldn't be that Obama made a promise he knew he wouldn't be able to keep, it had to be someone else's fault. It would be nice, too, if you kool-aid drinkers would stop blaming Bush for everything. The Democrats, including your precious Obama, controlled Congress for the last 2 years (now 3). It's time they accepted some responsibility for the mess since they did nothing to stop it and some even voted for it.

    November 25, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Roy Berger

    Mr. Dobbs always professed to have such strong, unwavering principasl on any number of issues and always berated the politicians for their weak and wavering ones.

    Now we see that his words were little more than rhetoric designed to promote his ratings. Now we will see him change his principals to match the needs for his latest aspirations.

    Talk is cheap Lou, you are a perfect example of that. Just another blow-hard!

    November 25, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. OldUncleTom

    Mostly these guys are a lot less scary than mafiosi and gang members currently living in Fed facilities.

    I really don't know what the excitement is all about; nobody has EVER escaped from a Federal Super-Max, and these guys are not the talent to be the first.

    November 25, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our consitution hard at work for people who want us dead. Thank you Mr. Obama
    --------------------------------

    Can't have it both ways Robin. Either our Constituional scholar President is destroying the tenets of our Constitution, or he is upholding it (as he has been, the destroyer of said Constitution is back at the farm). Learn to spell. Turn off faux, the noise is interfering with your rational thought process.

    November 25, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |