Friday, March 19, 2004

More charges dropped.

Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents at Guantanamo Bay has been cleared of wrongdoing. What makes me curious is that they've done so because to investigate further might 'endanger national security.'

In dismissing the charges, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which operates the detention center, cited "national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence" if the case proceeded.

"In the grand scheme of things, and in the interest of national security, Gen. Miller felt like the charges needed to be dropped," said Lt. Col. Bill Costello, a Southcom spokesman. "It seemed to be the prudent way to proceed."

Considering this follows awfully close to the statements of the four British former prisoners concerning physical and sexual assault at Camp X-Ray (not to mention uneccesarily extreme amputations), could it be that they really just didn't want to draw attention to conditions there?

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