Press Release

Father of Captain James Yee Addresses Case in Chinatown


WHO: Justice for James Yee (David Wong Support Committee, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Organization of Chinese Americans-Long Island Chapter, Blue Triangle Network, Flushing Greens and Refuse and Resist) cosponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America ICNA Relief, Council of American Islamic Relations New York Chapter, American-Arab-Anti-Discrimination Committee New York Chapter (ADC-NY).

WHAT: Father of Captain James Yee will address the press in Chinatown, New York as his sons hearing resumes on February 4, 2004 in Fort Benning, Georgia. Yee is the former Muslim Chaplain accused of mishandling classified information at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. New York City groups form Justice for James Yee to denounce the governments religious and ethnic profiling of the Captain in a political climate fueled by anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiments.

WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2004, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Silk Road Mocha, 30 Mott Street, Chinatown, New York City

SUMMARY: Captain James Yee, a Chinese American and the former Muslim chaplain at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was secretly arrested on September 10, 2003 on allegations of espionage only to be later charged with violations of a general order on classified information. On November 25, he faced additional charges of adultery and keeping pornography on a government computer, both violations of military law. John L. Fugh, a retired major general and onetime judge advocate general, has told the New York Times: This whole thing makes the military prosecutors look ridiculous.