Thursday, 15 March 2007 00:00
YeeWritten by WGCU Newsroom
Florida Gulf Coast University hosted a speaker Thursday night who related his struggle for justice and human rights at the U.S. detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
James Yee is a former U. S. Army Captain and Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay. He’s also the author of the recently published “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire”.
Yee talks about the prisoners and his own ordeal, in which he was falsely imprisoned for being a terrorist spy for Guantanamo prisoners after raising concerns about abuses. The third-generation Chinese American and West Point graduate who converted to Islam says his life changed after serving 76 days in a naval brig accused of espionage.
“After suffering through this harrowing ordeal, being falsely accused, threatened with the death penalty and being treated like an enemy combatant. I was put under a tremendous amount of surveillance and I even learned recently that my banking records, my credit and financial records were probed into by the Pentagon’s use of what they call the National Security letter. So I suspect that I will be under some type of government surveillance for the rest of my life.”
All criminal charges were eventually dropped. Yee’s speech is tonight at 7 in the Student Union ballroom at FGCU.