Monday, December 28, 2009

Obama Official who admitted Moving Terrorists to U.S. Prison Would Increase Risk, suddenly and mysteriously, tenders resignation

Philip Carter, the former deputy assistant undersecretary for detainee affairs at the DoD and chief architect of the plan to move detainees of Guantanamo Bay to the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois, recently conceded to Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) that there would be an increased security risk to northwest Illinois if the detainees were relocated there. However, shortly after expressing his candid views on the matter, Carter resigned from the DoD.

“Mr. Carter agreed with me there would be an increased security risk to northwest Illinois," Manzullo, who represents the Illinois district containing the Thomson Correctional Center, told reporters last week. "But [Mr. Carter] had no way of estimating the extent of this threat. He said, however, he was confident that federal and local law enforcement officials could ‘manage the risk'."
Manzullo said he did not understand how the administration could concede that there would be a threat but be unable to elaborate on how the threat would be handled. “I was shocked,” he told reporters, “because if there was no way to measure the threat, then how could it be ‘managed?’

Manzullo said Carter also allegedly agreed to send other Defense Department officials to further brief Manzullo, but the congressman said he had difficulty getting the administration to offer him any information.

“He (Carter) advised he would make available others at DoD for further briefings,” Manzullo said. “I sought more information from DoD, only to discover that Mr. Carter had immediately resigned a few days after he briefed me.”...

Carter, who resigned Friday, Nov. 20, did not issue a statement, but a spokesman for the Department of Defense told that Carter resigned for family and personal reasons.

Manzullo said there were several ways to interpret the departure. “I don’t know what that means. You know, one conclusion is that he said too much. The other conclusion is what he said was improper. The third conclusion is that his resignation had nothing to do with what he said.”

“Our take on it is the person who was the most candid with us is no longer available...” Manzullo said.

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