Chaplain Yee

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    This guy hails from my alma mater, but IMO, he should be hanged for treason. Looks like the Army is charging him with a few other crimes as well.

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    Chaplain Arrives for Security Hearing

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A Customs agent testified Monday he found "suspicious" documents related to national security in the backpack of a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Army Capt. James Yee, 35, is charged with disobeying an order by taking home classified material from the prison and improperly transporting it. He also faces charges of making a false statement, storing pornography on a government computer and adultery — a criminal offense under military law.

    Yee is one of four people at the military's high-security prison to be arrested since September. The preliminary hearing that began Monday will determine if Yee should be court-martialed.

    Special Agent Sean Rafferty, who works as a Customs inspector in Jacksonville, Fla., said he was tipped off to watch for Yee at the airport there as Yee returned from the Cuba base. He said he searched the backpack Yee carried off the plane.

    "I found numerous notes of a suspicious nature," Rafferty said during a conference call to the courtroom, being careful not to describe the papers. "It was determined the documents were of interest to national security."

    Some of the documents mentioned Syria and others dealt with Guantanamo and the U.S. interrogators who work there, Rafferty said.

    Yee's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said he had not interviewed Rafferty before hearing his testimony and asked the judge for a recess to talk to the man.

    Yee was first detained on Sept. 10 after the flight to Jacksonville and served 67 days in a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., before the Army released him. The government then filed the additional charges, including adultery.

    The first witness to testify Monday was Navy reserve officer Lt. Caren Wallace, who said she had sex with Yee at his quarters in Guantanamo, and at a motel in Orlando, Fla., where he was attending a conference.

    Photographs of the two were entered into evidence, including one showing Yee and Wallace hugging. Wallace is being given immunity from prosecution for her testimony.

    Yee was accompanied into the hearing by his parents, wife and 4-year-old daughter, who wore a button saying "Justice for Capt. Yee."

    Yee's wife, Huda Yee, sat stone-faced during Wallace's testimony. But during a break, she sat on a bench outside the courtroom and dabbed at her eyes with a tissue. Yee's mother comforted her.

    Yee and his family declined to comment on their way to the hearing, but Fidell told reporters the charges are "ridiculous."

    "We're hoping these charges that are trivial will go away," Fidell said.

    Monday's hearing had been delayed for a week after prosecutors discovered the legal staff at Guantanamo had mistakenly released a classified document to the hearing officer and to Yee's attorney.

    Yee, a 1990 West Point graduate who left the military for four years to study Arabic and Islam in Syria, returned as a chaplain and counseled some of the prison's 660 detainees from more than 40 countries.

    In another case, Arabic translator Air Force Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi has pleaded innocent to charges of espionage and aiding the enemy.

    A civilian interpreter, Ahmad F. Mehalba, was arrested in the Boston airport and charged with lying to federal agents by denying computer discs he was carrying had classified information.

    And last month, Army Col. Jack Farr was charged with wrongfully transporting classified material and lying to investigators.
     
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    I agree, hang the scumbag in public.
     
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    right after he has a nice neat trial and sentencing...should take all of 5 minutes:splat:
     
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    Looks like a case for the ACLU, they are great at defending scumbags from all walks of life ! :fu2:
     
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    What's really funny is the porn on computer/adultery charges. These are things that, while technically illegal, the military does not prosecute on its own. These are only charges used to "pile on" a sentence against someone that they want to put away for a long time.
    Not to mention, what is a Muslim chaplain doing looking at porn and screwing around on his wife?
     
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    makes me think this should be on daytime TV'as the turban turns' was this chaplan a lifelong muslum or a convert? appears this guy is a total f..kup as a husband, chaplan and american. with womans rights here in U.S.of A. maybe we should let HER stone HIM. reakon that would piss-off a few extremist types.:D
     
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    The adultery charge in particular might be considered a "prod" to get him to take a deal.
    Same thing the Christian Clergy are doing, accept he's shouting "Oh Allah!!!" instead of "Oh God!!!"
    Let the government bring its' case before we sentence the man. He has a lawyer, though I was a little surprised to find the government calling witnesses he had not spoken with. Was that guy a surprise witness or is council not doing its' job? I want the guy to get a fair trial, if the government proves its' case he'll go away for a long time. If all they can prove is he's horny, the appropriate punishment is discharge him. I think that's all anybody else gets for screwing around. Is that right Jeff?
     
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    Usually, like I said before, adultery and misuse of government property are only used to "pile on" a longer sentence on someone who is being tried for something else, or used as insurance to get a successful charge if the case for the bigger charge can't be proven. In any case, adultery does carry a jail term, but usually dismissal is the standard punishment.
    I do agree, innnocent until proven guilty. But from what's told about the case so far, I think he will be found guilty of some form of aiding the enemy/espionage/treason.
     
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    Thats a mistake. Porn on a govt computer means he was misappropriating government equipment to either look it up on the net or in email, which is chargable under the UCMJ. This gets investigated and people charged more than one might think. If they wanted to push it, if you take a skilcraft home from the office and someone finds out, you could be charged. BUT that is an extreme example.

    and adultery is also investigated and charged. Although it is real tough to prove in a court martial. But yes I have used both charges while in the course of being in an military police investigator.
     
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    Former CID?

    I'm a former ordnance officer myself... now a budget analyst at Ft. Lewis. Welcome! :beer:
     

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