New York Times
Defense Official Resigns Over Detainee Remarks
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 2, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Pentagon official resigned Friday over controversial remarks in which he criticized lawyers who represent terrorism suspects, the Defense Department said.
Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said Charles ''Cully'' Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, told him on Friday that he had made his own decision to resign and was not asked to leave by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Stimson said he was leaving because of the controversy over a radio interview in which he said he found it shocking that lawyers at many of the nation's top law firms represent detainees held at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.
''He believed it hampered his ability to be effective in this position,'' Whitman said of the backlash to Stimson's comments.
Stimson drew outrage from the legal community -- and a disavowal from the Defense Department -- for his Jan. 11 comments, in which he also suggested some attorneys were being untruthful about doing the work free of charge and instead were ''receiving moneys from who knows where.''
About time some of the haters took a hike.