Reporter in ‘New Gen’ Jail for Protecting a ‘Rat’


The Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center, reporter Judith Miller’s home for the next several months, is a “New Generation” jail, described by Editor & Publisher as “a more modern and humane approach over traditional linear-style institution.” Its best-known resident is convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, according to the Associated Press. The $15 million lockup, built in 1987, is considered state of the art for form, function, style, security and safety, says E&P.

Meanwhile, Chicago Tribune public editor Don Wycliff is among a number of prominent journalists who have weighed in in opposition to Miller’s decision not to reveal her source. Wycliff wrote, “First, Miller is in jail not because she refused to divulge the name of a Deep Throat, who saw the constitutional order of the nation imperiled and so became a confidential source to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their Watergate reporting. Miller is in jail because she promised confidentiality to a rat–someone who was trying to get back at a political critic of the current administration by revealing to the world that the critic’s wife was a secret agent of the United States government. In other words, the source chose to play politics by playing with the life of an American spy, not to mention all of her contacts.”


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