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Third Gitmo Prison Arrest

The government announced that a third Gitmo insider, Egyptian-American translator Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, has been arrested, on charges of espionage and smuggling secret materials out of the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The arrests of Ahmed, another translator and a Muslim chaplain, raise questions about the security and what is able to be taken out of the prison facility. The charges of espionage also raise new concerns over Homeland Security’s background screening requirements.

In retrospect, the military appears to have a hearty helping of crow when considering the numerous dismissals of Arabic and Korean linguists since 9/11 that occured because they were gay or lesbian.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at September 30, 2003 8:09 PM