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Feinstein Wants Pentagon Investigation of Alleged Gitmo Burrowers

I ask that you immediately review the circumstances behind the conversion of these positions and the hiring of any former Bush administration appointees as career or temporary officials within the Office of Detainee Affairs.

Feinstein did not unmask the alleged burrowers, but the AP reports that they are deputy assistant defense secretary Sandy Hodgkinson and special assistant Tara Jones.

According to the AP, Hodgkinson retains the right to convert to a civil service position based on her prior work for the State Department -- making her situation similar to the one TPMDC reported on at the National Science Foundation. But Jones seems to be a special case, resigning as a political appointee last month before mysteriously re-emerging as a "temporary" civil service employee.

As he follows through with plans to close Guantanamo by next year, President Obama has enough challenges already without Bush political loyalists remaining in the mix.