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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Muslim Chaplain Defends Actions, Describes Mistreatment

James Yee, a third-generation Chinese-American and former Muslim chaplain for Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay, has authored a new book, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire," in which he describes his experiences in Gitmo and the manner in which he was treated by the government.

In particular, "federal agents accused him of spying because some personal papers — phone numbers, a to-do list, notes about Syria — were mistaken for classified documents." As a result, "He was taken to the Navy brig at Charleston, S.C., and held for 76 days in solitary confinement." The spying charges were dropped "for lack of evidence," however he was later charged with "adultery and having pornography on his computer." These charges, too, were dropped.

Yee writes
"I came to understand just how craven the people behind this ordeal were. This was just another attempt to turn public attention away from the real questions that my case raised — civil liberties and what was happening inside Guantanamo — and steer it toward accusations that would sensationalize the hearing and in the process humiliate me."

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