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Jeffrey D. Gordon
Born 1967 (age 56–57)
Nationality USA
Occupation Senior Fellow
Known for Pentagon's Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp spokesman

Jeffrey D. Gordon (born October 24, 1967) is an American communications consultant to several conservative Washington, DC-based think tanks. Gordon is also a contributing columnist to Fox News, AOL News, the Washington Times and other media outlets.

Previously, he was a career United States Navy officer and retired as a Commander.[1][2] He managed communications and press relations in a wide variety of conditions. As a spokesman for the Pentagon in his last assignment, he dealt with sensitive issues related to the extrajudicial detention of captives beginning in 2002 at the Navy's base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Early life and education

Jeffrey D. Gordon was born in New York City in 1967, and grew up in central New Jersey. Gordon received his undergraduate and graduate education from Penn State University and Norwich University.

Naval career

After college, he enlisted in the Navy, where he had additional professional training at the U.S. Air Force Command and Staff College. He attended two executive courses at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation.

Since the early 1990s, Gordon served as a Navy spokesman in various assignments and geographical locations, to include the Pacific Fleet Headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Naval Forces Southern Command in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy; Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet based in Okinawa, Japan; and Atlantic Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1994, Gordon served at Guantanamo Bay as the Naval Base spokesman for the Haitian and Cuban refugee crises. Later that year, he deployed to Haiti with the Multi-National Force for the restoration of President Jean Bertrand Aristide to power.

While based in Puerto Rico from 1999 to 2001, Gordon served as a spokesman for the Atlantic Fleet during controversy associated with its training range on Vieques Island. It had been occupied by protestors who were trying to force the Navy to leave. It had used the range in support of decades of major fleet exercises.

Gordon also served in Navy Office of Information (CHINFO) as the director of public affairs plans. In 2005 he transferred to the Department of Defense Press Office in 2005. Gordon's final assignment in DOD was as a Pentagon spokesman for the Western Hemisphere. In this period, notable issues were related to the extrajudicial detention of captives in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in Cuba.[1][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Gordon contributed to developing DOD policies related to the use of social networking services and sites such as YouTube by military personnel, which DOD prohibits. He served as the spokesman to explain DOD's position on these issues.[9]

On October 2, 2007, Gordon explained why the DOD has continued to hold certain detainees at Guantanamo, although they had been cleared for release. He touched on the need to ensure that receiving countries treated them properly.[10]

All detainees at Guantanamo are considered a threat to the United States — to include those transferred yesterday. As a condition of repatriation, nations accepting detainees must take steps to prevent the return to terrorism, as well as providing credible assurances of humane treatment.

In July 21, 2009, Gordon told CNN's Peter Bergen that one in seven detainees are confirmed or suspected of having returned to terrorism.[citation needed]

Gordon retired from the Navy as a Commander.

Complaint against Carol Rosenberg

In his position as Pentagon spokesman, on July 25, 2009 Gordon wrote to a senior editor at The Miami Herald, reporting what he characterized as sexual harassment by its reporter Carol Rosenberg, whose beat is the Guantanamo detention camp.[11] He said that Rosenberg had made crude jokes at his expense. The Miami Herald conducted an internal investigation, and reported on August 3, 2009 that it had concluded that, while Rosenberg had used profanity, she had not satisfied conditions of sexual harassment.

Political activities

As of September 1, 2011, Gordon became Vice President of Communications and Foreign Policy and Security Adviser for the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.[12] Grace Wiler of Business Insider described Gordon's dual role as both campaign spokesman and foreign policy adviser as further evidence that Cain had "completely thrown out the conventional campaign playbook."[13] From its analysis of Gordon's columns and television appearances prior to the campaign, The Nation magazine wrote, "it would appear that Cain is getting the same national security advice he would from Dick Cheney."[14]

Noting Gordon's 2009 complaint against the Miami Herald reporter, the Miami New Times said: "So keep an eye on how the Cain campaign deals with unfriendly journalists. If they start accusing every person who asks tough questions of sexual harassment, don't be too surprised."[15] On October 31, 2011 The Atlantic Wire also wrote about Gordon's sexual harassment complaint, comparing it to those that employees of the National Restaurant Association had made against Cain.[16] They said that, in an August 2010 column Gordon wrote for Fox News[17], he described the support for Rosenberg from colleagues as part of a "media conspiracy". When contacted by The Daily Caller, about his complaint, Gordon said he could no longer recall what he wrote, but said the Miami Herald's investigation had concluded in a "satisfactory manner".[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pentagon Told to Release Gitmo Transcripts". Washington Post. February 24, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  2. Washington Post, "Evidence Of Innocence Rejected at Guantanamo", December 5, 2007
  3. David Morgan (May 14, 2007). "U.S. divulges new details on released Gitmo inmates". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  4. David Rose (June 18, 2006). "How US Hid the Suicide Secrets of Guantanamo". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  5. Michael Melia (April 25, 2007). "Murder Charge for Detainee". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  6. "U.S. Military Busy Delivering Relief Aid to Disaster Victims". US Embassy, London, United Kingdom. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-15.  [dead link]
  7. "Media access to Guantanamo blocked altogether". USA Today. June 6, 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  8. "Defense seeks to move Guantanamo trials to U.S., citing lack of access to base". USA Today. June 14, 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  9. "Access denied: Pentagon blocks websites". Brisbane Times. May 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  10. "Eight detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay". The China Post. 2007-10-02. Archived from the original on 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  11. Howard Kurtz (2009-07-25). "Military and Media Clash In Complaint: Navy Spokesman Alleges Abuse by Miami Reporter". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  12. Don Surber (October 1, 2011). "Cain taps Rumsfeld spokesman". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  13. Grace Wiler, "Meet the Brains Behind Herman Cain's Brilliant Post-Modern Presidential Campaign," Business Insider, 1 November 2011
  14. "Clues to Herman Cain's Foreign Policy," The Nation, 3 November 2011
  15. Kyle Munzenrieder (2011-10-13). "Herman Cain's Top Spokesman Once Accused Female Miami Herald Reporter of Sexual Harassment". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2011-10-13. "So keep an eye on how the Cain campaign deals with unfriendly journalists. If they start accusing every person who asks tough questions of sexual harassment, don't be too surprised."  mirror
  16. Elspeth Reeve (2011-10-31). "The Time Cain's Spokesman Was Accusing Sexual Harassment". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. "Two years later, though, Gordon is the spokesman for Herman Cain's presidential campaign, and confronted with questions about whether his boss sexually harassed two women while he ran the National Restaurant Association, Gordon's tone can be a bit more dismissive about those who allege a hostile work environment: "Inside-the-Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain ... political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.""  mirror
  17. J.D. Gordon (2010-08-09). "Did the Pentagon cave on Four Banned Reporters at Gitmo". Fox News. Retrieved 2011-10-31. ""Once the 'big media' were brought in to the legal picture on the banning issue, it was all but over for the Pentagon,""  mirror
  18. Will Rahn (2011-10-13). "Senior Cain aide accused female Miami Herald reporter of sexual harassment". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2011-10-13. "“I don’t recall what it said,” Gordon told The Daily Caller when asked about the letter. “It was a couple years ago, but I just thought that the comments that she had been making had to stop, and so I talked to my office and sent the letter to her executive editor and they handled it in-house.”"  mirror