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US Army Chaplain, Captain James Yee at UDC-DCSL

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
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Captain James YeeOn March 19th, in partnership with the ACLU of the National Capital Area, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Amnesty International, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law hosted former U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee. In his appointed role as chaplain, Yee ministered to Muslim detainees held at Guantánamo Bay Naval base and was awarded two distinguished service medals for his work there.  He was later accused by the Army of spying, adultery and harboring pornography, though he was subsequently cleared of all charges.

Yee discussed his service, the charges he faced, his incarceration and the sensory deprivation he was forced to undergo.  He spoke of how General Geoffrey Miller routinely incited the guards to hate the detainees, alleged serious mistreatment of prisoners, and argued that most of the detainees had little or no intelligence value.  As chronicled in his For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire, Yee maintained that he was kept in solitary confinement for seventy-six days, and argued that inmates at  Guántanamo know no more about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida than any soldier in the U.S. military would know about what's going on inside the Pentagon.

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