Guantanamo Troops Must Surrender Laptops
EFL from Newsday
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Guantanamo troops are being ordered to surrender their laptop computers for security sweeps 72 hours before leaving the U.S. base in Cuba, officials said Tuesday.
The new security precautions were announced as a team of military investigators wrapped up their assessment of security gaps at the Guantanamo base where 660 suspected terrorists are being held.
The team arrived earlier this month after two interpreters and a Muslim chaplain were arrested on charges ranging from espionage to disobeying orders. Other security precautions were expected after the team briefed military officials at the base this week.
"We all recognize itâs a necessary process," said Army Lt. Col. Pamela Hart, detention mission spokeswoman. "There havenât been any complaints."
Troops in the Joint Task Force, responsible for the detention mission, have been asked to surrender laptops they own and other personal items such as electronic organizers before departing the base. If the items clear inspection, they will be returned to the troops at the airport terminal.
Inspectors will be searching for classified materials or other documents meant to stay on the base. All personal information -- including e-mails or pictures -- can be viewed by inspectors.
"Everything on the hard drive would be accessible for security personnel to look at," Hart said.
Better late than never I guess. Hope they donât seize the Playstations - that would be cruel an inhuman with GITMO social life being what it is.
Posted by: Super Hose 2003-10-22