Charges Dismissed Against Guantanamo Prison Chaplain
Bump and Update: The Washington Post has this article in which the Government claims that the papers were so sensitive it preferred to drop charges rather than allow them to become public at hearings. Yee's lawyer sees it differently:
"Chaplain Yee has won. . . . The Army's dismissal of the classified information charges against him represents a long-overdue vindication. We reject the notion that security concerns played any role in this decision."
So does Sisyphus Shrugged:
The Army had to delay Captain Yee's hearing five times while they tried to figure out whether the papers he held were classified. Now the papers are so classified they'd rather let him get away with stealing them than let anyone read them. I buy this. Sure I do.
Original Post 3/19 5:35 pm
Capt. James J. Yee, the Guantanamo Bay Muslim chaplain spent 76 days in solitary confinement, often in leg irons and manacles prior to his release from custody last December. He was charged with mishandling classified information, adultery with another officer and keeping pornography on his government laptop.
Details of a deal in which the most serious charges would be dismissed were leaked to the media a few days ago. According to CNN, however, the Government dropped all charges.
We think this clears Captain Yee for an honorable discharge. More egg on the Administration's face.
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