Well, Ft Huachuca would make more sense to have the MOS specific training there but why start it out at Ft Jackson to begin with?
If I remember, an interrogator/interpreter does not need a very high clearance. And the particulars of this 09L program seem to bear that out.
It would be much better to have a “one-stop-shop” for training such individuals and a place such as a BCT post would be perfect. Taking an unknown quantity, a foreign national, and placing him or her into the US Army is daunting enough. But then having to clear such individuals, background checks, etc., is almost impossible.
I would think it would be best to keep them from a place like Ft Huachuca where they could mix with soldiers from other AIT intelligence training courses, courses that are much more sensitive in nature than translating or interpreting. I would be more worried about recruitment than an intelligence compromise in such an environment.
The thought of bringing low level Muslim interpreters fresh from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan etc. into the heart of our intel program gives me pause too, VeniVidiVeci.
No matter how you slice it - these guys were up to no good. It makes you wonder what kind of vetting scrutiny they were subjected to from the get go. Like you say the particulars of the 09L program look awful casual about security issues.
Something’s not right here.