Considered a Fayetteville State University "distinguished" speaker, this Muslim convert was caught sneaking the names of Guantanamo Bay interrogators into the continental United States. Those names are purposely kept secret to protect the soldiers and their families, many of whom have received death threats from Jihadis and other members of the "religion of peace."
U.S. Army chaplain James Yee thought he was doing his patriotic duty when he told his superiors about prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay.
His truthfulness earned him 67 days of secret imprisonment, hands shackled and eyes blindfolded in a Charleston, S.C., jail cell. While there, he faced charges of mutiny, aiding the enemy and espionage.
“I believe every American ... everyone in the intelligence community ... everyone in the military should hear my story,” Yee said Tuesday to about 70 people at Fayetteville State University’s J.W. Seabrook Auditorium.
Yee, a Chinese-American who converted to Islam in 1991 and ministered to Muslim detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, spoke as part of FSU’s Distinguished Speaker’s Series.
Yee was arrested Sept. 10, 2003, in Jacksonville, Fla., when a U.S. customs agent claimed to have found a list of Guantanamo detainees and interrogators among his belongings at the airport. Yee’s arrest made national news when charges arose that he was secretly helping al-Qaida.
The Army dropped charges against Yee on March 19, 2004, without ever submitting any evidence. He later was honorably discharged and resigned from the military. In 2005, Yee published a book about his experience called, "For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire."