Too Much Information -- that's apparently what journalists gave out from Guantanamo this week. Omar Khadr, the Canadian-Afghan teenager who is charged with throwing a grenade at alien invaders (that's U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan), is going through a preliminary hearing at our Caribbean gulag. He's been locked up there since 2002.
A witness who the court called "Interrogator #1" testified:
Very sophisticated interrogation that, threatening the kid with rape -- by scary Black guys. Wonder whose nightmares these Keystone Cops were repeating?
Anyway, Mr. "Interrogator #1" turns out to be a Sgt. Joshua Claus who eventually pled guilty to assault and prisoner abuse at Bagram in Afghanistan. His name had been widely reported previously, especially in Canada where there is great interest in the Khadr case. Several reporters -- among them Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg, Toronto Star's Michelle Shepherd, Globe and Mail's Paul Koring, and Canwest's Steven Edwards -- used Claus' real name in reporting the rape threats revealed at the current hearing since they had already used it in previous reporting on detainees. In retaliation, the military has banned the four from further reporting visits to Guantanamo.
There's no secret here -- what was hidden came out a long time ago. The military kangaroo court system is simply protecting itself from the reporters who are most knowledgeable about the case and about the history of prisoner mistreatment. TMI consists of what makes the jailers uncomfortable.
UPDATE, July 10, 2010: The military has revoked its ban on the four reporters. McClatchy News is still contesting the principle of excessive military censorship (mostly ass-covering, IMnotsoHO.)