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Three suspects' screening questioned

He declared bankruptcy in 1997, a year after his job-placement firm failed. In 2001, he was discharged from the Army for being too fat. As recently as March, Ahmed Mehalba was driving a cab in Boston. In most situations, the bankruptcy filing alone would have kept Mehalba, 31, from getting a government job with access to sensitive information. But Mehalba, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Egypt, speaks and writes Arabic. And to the U.S. military, which is desperate for workers with such skills, that qualified him to be a translator at its maximum-security camp in Cuba for about 660 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners. But now that Mehalba has become the third person arrested for allegedly carrying classified information out of the Guantanamo Bay camp, there are increasing questions not just about the security of that base, but also about whether those hired as translators and interpreters for a range of government jobs are being screened properly. Full Story

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