[Marxism] Moslem chaplain freed
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Wed Nov 26 07:26:51 MST 2003
NY Times, November 26, 2003
Chaplain Held in Espionage Case Is Freed
By NEIL A. LEWIS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 — The military said on Tuesday that it was releasing
Capt. James J. Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba,
after confining him for nearly three months on suspicion of espionage
Captain Yee will be allowed to resume his chaplain duties at Fort
At the same time, though, the United States Southern Command, based in
Miami, which administers the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, said it
was investigating other possible violations of military code by Captain
Yee, including contentions that he had kept pornography on his
government computer and had an affair. [!!!!!] Those new charges are in
addition to the ones brought in October contending that Captain Yee,
also known as Youseff Yee, had disobeyed orders by taking classified
information home when he was leaving Guantánamo in September.
Captain Yee's civilian lawyer, Eugene R. Fidell of Washington, said the
fact that the new charges seemed to have nothing to do with national
security demonstrated that military authorities had made a major error
when they held up Captain Yee as a potential spy at Guantánamo, where he
ministered to the mostly Islamic prisoner population.
Mr. Fidell said the initial set of charges of failing to obey a lawful
order by taking classified information home without proper covers was
not a serious infraction. The new charges, he said, showed that the
military was persecuting Captain Yee to cover up its mistake.
"They have destroyed this man's reputation for what turns out to be no
good reason," Mr. Fidell said, "and now it appears they are pursuing
matters in a completely vindictive manner."
Raul Duany, a spokesman for the Southern Command in Tampa, disputed that
assertion, saying: "At no time have we made any implications about what
Captain Yee might have been charged with. We only said we're
But unnamed military officials were quoted in numerous news reports as
saying Captain Yee had apparently become sympathetic with the Muslims
held at Guantánamo and had kept on his computer highly classified
information. That information, they said, possibly included notes about
which detainees had been questioned by which investigators and on what
Most of the 660 prisoners at Guantánamo were captured in Afghanistan or
In addition to the pornography and adultery charges against Captain Yee,
the Southern Command also charged him on Tuesday with falsely telling a
superior that certain compact discs had been cleared for use by
detainees. The charge sheet did not provide further details.
Mr. Duany said Captain Yee would face an Article 32 proceeding, an
investigation of the charges much like a grand jury in the civilian
criminal-justice system. The proceeding could recommend dismissal of the
case or some sort of court-martial. In this case, the Article 32
proceeding would be open to the public.
Captain Yee has been held at a naval brig in South Carolina, and Mr.
Fidell had complained that his client was needlessly kept in solitary
confinement and often in chains and manacles.
On Monday, Mr. Fidell wrote to President Bush, asking him to intercede
with the military to at least have Captain Yee released to less harsh
"I have no alternative to conclude that President Bush or his advisers
had some hand in this," Mr. Fidell said on Tuesday, "and I give them
Captain Yee will have complete freedom at Fort Benning, Mr. Duany said,
with the only restriction that he not contact anyone associated with the
mission at Guantánamo.
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