Politics|Guantánamo Bay Jail Commander Has Been Fired
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GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The commander of the jail at Guantánamo Bay has been fired seven weeks earlier than he was to depart the job.
Adm. Craig S. Faller relieved Rear Adm. John C. Ring for a “lack of confidence in his potential” to guide, the USA Southern Command stated on Sunday in a quick assertion. Admiral Ring’s deputy, Brig. Gen. John F. Hussey, is now the appearing commander.
Col. Amanda Azubuike, a spokeswoman for the Southern Command, which oversees the jail, stated the choice to take away Admiral Ring had nothing to do with a current information media go to he hosted there. She stated solely that he was let go after a monthlong investigation that was opened in March.
Admiral Faller, the chief of the Southern Command, and Admiral Ring met on Saturday on the command’s headquarters in Doral, Fla., the place Admiral Faller “personally knowledgeable” Admiral Ring that he was being fired. Admiral Ring “will likely be briefly assigned duties elsewhere” within the Southern Command, Colonel Azubuike stated.
Admiral Ring, a former commander of the plane service Nimitz, was the 18th chief of the jail operations that began in January 2002. He started that project in April 2018 and was due to get replaced in a routine rotation the week of June 11.
“The overwhelming majority of commanders full their assigned excursions with distinction,” Colonel Azubuike stated. “Once they fall quick, we maintain our leaders accountable, which displays the significance we place on the general public’s belief and confidence in our army leaders.”
At Guantánamo, Admiral Ring was liable for 40 detainees and a employees of 1,800 troops and civilian workers. Quickly after taking cost, he turned an outspoken advocate of the necessity to construct a brand new jail for 15 males who had been held by the C.I.A. earlier than their 2006 switch to American army custody.
In 2013 and 2014, Gen. John F. Kelly, a former Southern Command chief who would turn out to be President Trump’s first homeland safety secretary and second chief of employees, had unsuccessfully lobbied Congress for cash to exchange the jail.
Admiral Ring renewed that effort final June, telling reporters that the present top-secret jail the place the army segregates high-value detainees, referred to as Camp 7, would turn out to be insufficient because the prisoners aged. Camp 7 homes Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, and different males the C.I.A. beforehand held as leaders, deputies or foot troopers of Al Qaeda or different extremist teams.