GTMO Press Put On Notice About Classified Witness Identities
GUANTANAMO BAY — Following a lunchtime recess, Navy Capt. John Murphy asked Col. Patrick Parrish, the military judge overseeing Omar Khadr’s military commission, to admonish the press corps here for publishing the names of witnesses in the pre-trial hearing who have or will testify anonymously. Khadr’s lawyers didn’t object, and expressed their own desire to keep the names of classified witnesses out of the media.
Parrish issued the admonishment and said he hoped he wouldn’t have to go into classified session. But he did not make a finding from the bench that any reporter here actually violated the order.
Obviously I’m an interested party here. But neither myself nor any of my colleagues have relied on information that was entered into the unclassified court record to determine, and determine rather easily, the identities of certain witnesses or potential witnesses. It appears curious to admonish reporters for following information revealed in open court.