Java News from Sunday, November 30, 2003

A fourth U.S. Army soldier stationed at Guantánamo Bay has been charged with mishandling classified information Jackie Duane Farr is a lieutenant colonel in Army intelligence. The Army claims to have found classified material in his luggage without the appropriate covers when he was leaving Guantánamo Bay in October. Farr was director of the intelligence collection operation in Joint Interrogations Group, the group responsible for "questioning" the prisoners held at Camp Delta. According to the Army, Farr is still working in intelligence at Guantánamo Bay, and has not been jailed.

Unlike the previous three soldiers arrested, Farr is not a Muslim, and it's not clear if he had any direct contact with the prisoners or whether he speaks Arabic. If I had to guess, I'd say this was a simple cock-up on his up that's being blown way out of proportion in the general climate of suspicion. What he's accused of appears to be a very technical violation. Apparently he was allowed to have what he have. He just didn't have it in the right colored folders marked secret, or some such bureaucratic detail. The again, it's also possible he developed serious moral concerns about what was happening in his command and was planning to do something about it. It's just not plausible that this was a genuine espionage operation.