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Spies at Gitmo

The emerging spy scandal at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terrorism suspects should be shaking this nation to its Skivvies.

Senior Air Force Airman Ahmad al Halabi, an Arabic translator, and Army Capt. James J. Yee, an Islamic chaplain, are charged with espionage and aiding the enemy. They face the death penalty if convicted on the most serious charges. And there may be others involved, investigators say.

Astounding it is that Mr. al Halabi was sent to the Cuban naval base despite having been under investigation for nearly a year. And then there’s word that the three Islamic groups listed in a Pentagon policy statement on chaplain accreditation have links to radical Islam.

And just which “enemy” this pair allegedly was aiding remains unclear.

The New York Post reported Friday that al Halabi “likely was working for Islamic extremists connected to al-Qaida,” through Syria, but not necessarily involving the Damascus government.

The official U.S. government line is that both suspects, with strong Syrian ties — al Halabi was born there, Mr. Yee studied there — aided Damascus, a regime on the State Department’s list of states sponsoring terrorism.

But there’s also this: some whispering, given the CIA’s recent establishment of a “relationship” with Syrian intelligence, about a possible counter -intelligence operation.

What’s going on here• Let’s get some answers.


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