National Security

Pentagon tightens photo rules at Guantanamo camp

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Pity the photographer who takes a picture of five tents in a row at "Camp Justice."

Or two whole tents and slivers of two others.

Under the latest rules for "operational security," there's now a three-tent rule for photos the public can see of the tents that house journalists and support staff at the expeditionary legal compound, where reputed al Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 co-conspirators are due to get their first taste of military commission justice June 5.

Censorship of news photos has evolved to show, well, less and less at the Defense Department's detention center for alleged terrorists. And numbers do count. At Camp Delta, the prison camps, photographers are forbidden from showing two guard towers — or, for that matter, any one detainee's face, except in shadows that make him look like nobody in particular.

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