Captain James Yee, an Army chaplain who counseled Islamic prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, has been charged with sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order. A treason count may be added later. It is not yet clear which Islamic country or organization Yee is accused of spying for. Apparently he had unfettered access to the Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo; the damage he may have inflicted is incalculable.
Yee is a Chinese-American who studied Islam while at the United States Military Academy and converted a few years later. He left the Army, lived in Syria for a while and then returned to the Army as a chaplain. He has been the subject of a number of news stories in which he has been held up as a model of moderate Islam. He has said that Islam is a religion of peace and the term “jihad” merely means “to struggle.” Sort of like Kampf, I guess.
This story highlights the danger, obviously, of giving terrorists access to outsiders like clerics and lawyers.
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