Sunday, June 15, 2008

Job Ops at Gitmo, E-mail Immediately!

Apparently, the folks running the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have been communicating with the prisoners via charades if a recent classified ad on Craigslist is any indication. On Friday, I came across this listing in the "Government Jobs" section:

Pashto Interpreter (Cuba)

Reply to: Date: 2008-06-13, 3:49PM EDT

Immediate search for TOP SECRET/SCI cleared (or eligible) linguist/interpreter who speaks the PASHTO* language for ongoing work in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Must be a United States citizen. Competetive compensation. Full benefits, travel and housing included. Please reply with an email immediately if you would like to apply. * Also looking for TOP SECRET/SCI cleared linguist/interpreters who speak: Uighur, Swahili languages.

Call me crazy, but I would hope that the U.S. government has more effective ways of recruiting staff for "top secret" positions than advertising for them on Craigslist. Plus, there's a sense of desperation in the tone of the ad: "e-mail immediately if you would like to apply." And one more thing, let's do a spellcheck on competetive [competitive], shall we? Things must be getting pretty desperate down in Gitmo.

I'm also curious what an Uighur-speaking interpreter would be asked to say. There's been a lot of talk lately in Washington about the status of those Chinese prisoners. Maybe the interpreters will be brought in to share some good news about a release to the U.S.? Who knows what's going on down there.

Anyhow, if you are interested in any of these positions - and honestly, why wouldn't you be? - click here for the posting.

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