Ранее сообщалось о задержании имама мечети на Гуантанамо. Однако до сих пор неизвестно, какие были ему предъявлены обвинения.
Yee is being held in a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C. - the same place where officials are holding Yaser Esam Hamdi, an American-born Saudi who allegedly fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Jose Padilla, a former Chicago gang member charged with plotting to detonate a bomb.
Army spokesman Joe Burlas, speaking Monday in a telephone interview from the Pentagon, said records show Yee graduated from the Chaplain Officer Basic Course at Fort Jackson on April 6, 2001. Fort Jackson, located near Columbia, is one of the Army's two main military installations for basic training courses.
Yee is one of seven Muslim chaplains currently in the Army, Burlas said.
Yee, 35, converted to Islam after graduating from West Point.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that Yee was sympathetic to prisoners and was preparing to aid them in some undetermined way.
US: Civilian Translator Arrested in Guantanamo Prison Probe
01 Oct 2003, 04:16 UTC
U.S. officials say a civilian translator who worked at the U.S. prison camp for suspected al-Qaida and Taleban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been arrested in connection with suspected security breaches.
Authorities say Ahmed Mehalba was detained Monday in Boston after arriving on a flight from Cairo and charged Tuesday with lying to federal officials. A federal judge ordered Mr. Mehalba to be held without bond pending a further hearing next week.
Officials say when Mr. Mehalba arrived in Boston, he was carrying at least one compact disc which they say contained classified information.
Pentagon officials told VOA that Mr. Mehalba -- a naturalized U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent -- was among a group of workers at the Guantanamo facility under suspicion for illegal activities.
U.S. defense officials say others at Guantanamo remain under investigation. But the officials declined to say how many and what illegal activities they are suspected of being involved in.
Two others suspects -- a Muslim Army chaplain and a senior U.S. airman -- were detained earlier.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
`Unbreakable' code system takes quantum leap
Nov. 18, NEW YORK (AP) -- Code-makers could be on the verge of winning their ancient arms race with code-breakers.
After 20 years of research, an encryption process is emerging that is considered unbreakable because it employs the laws of quantum physics.
This month, a small startup called MagiQ Technologies began selling what appears to be the first commercially available system that uses individual photons to transfer the numeric keys that are widely used to encode and read secret documents.
Photons, discrete particles of energy, are so sensitive that if anyone tries to spy on their travel from one point to another, their behavior will change, tipping off the sender and recipient and invalidating the stolen code.
"There are really no ways" of cracking this code, said Lov Grover, a quantum computing researcher at Bell Laboratories who is not involved with MagiQ.
Called Navajo -- a nod to the American Indian code specialists of World War II -- MagiQ's system consists of 19-inch black boxes that generate and read the signals over a fiber-optic line.
MagiQ (pronounced "magic," with the "Q" for "quantum") expects that with a cost of $50,000 to $100,000, Navajo will appeal to banks, insurers, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other organizations that transmit sensitive information.
"We think this is going to have a huge, positive impact on the world," said Bob Gelfond, MagiQ's founder and chief executive.
Encryption schemes commonly used now are considered safe, although they theoretically could be broken someday.
But even before that day arrives, Gelfond believes quantum encryption is superior in one important way. In some super-high-security settings, people sharing passwords and other information must have the same key, a massive string of digits used to encode data. Sometimes the keys will be transferred by imperfect means -- via courier or special software. They are not changed very often and can be susceptible to interception.
"Even if you have the perfect encryption algorithm, if someone gets your key, you're in trouble," Gelfond said.
The Navajo system not only transmits the keys on snoop-proof photons, it also changes them 10 times a second. "Even if somebody could get a copy of the key, it wouldn't do them any good," Gelfond said.
Of course, unbreakable codes would neutralize the ability of intelligence agents to intercept and read messages. That would necessitate greater reliance on human intelligence.
So does the world's foremost code-making and code-breaking organization, the U.S. National Security Agency, worry about the spread of quantum encryption? Better yet, is the NSA using the technology itself? Like most things about the NSA, the answers remain secret.
MagiQ is seeking the government's approval to sell Navajo boxes overseas. Gelfond hopes officials have realized -- after trying and failing to restrict encryption exports in the 1990s -- that there's little point in trying to "put the genie back in the bottle" once encryption methods have been invented. After all, he said, researchers in China are known to have experimented with quantum encryption.
At least one other company, Switzerland-based id Quantique, has produced a system similar to Navajo, although that remains in pilot phase.
Meanwhile, other organizations are exploring different ways of using subatomic particles as code carriers. QinetiQ, the commercial arm of Britain's defense research agency, and the national lab in Los Alamos, N.M., have experimented with transmitting quantum keys through the air rather than over fiber-optic lines.
Researchers at IBM, where quantum encryption was first demonstrated in the 1980s, are exploring ways to shrink quantum systems so they can plug more efficiently into existing computing and communications networks.
In any incarnation, quantum encryption employs one of the defining discoveries of physics: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, which says subatomic particles exist in multiple possible states at once, however hard as that may be to imagine, until something interacts with them.
When one Navajo box sends out a code key, it imparts certain measurable characteristics to photons that travel through the fiber-optic line. When the second Navajo box measures those characteristics, that mere act throws off other characteristics -- but the Navajo boxes confer with each other after the transmission is complete and sort it all out.