Pentagon closes book on Muslim chaplain

Captain James Yee
The Pentagon’s inspector general has concluded a review of the case of a former Muslim chaplain who was detained and later cleared of espionage charges, saying the Department of Defense acted properly in investigating the U.S. Army chaplain.

“We found that DOD officials acted in good faith and within applicable standards in ordering Chaplain Yee’s initial and continued pretrial confinement, and Chaplain Yee was not targeted because of his religious affiliation,” reads a two-page executive summary of the review involving former army chaplain (and captain) James Yee.

Yee was held at a military brig for 76 days, and the charges against him were dropped in March 2004. The inspector general said an investigation determined in May 2004 that Yee possessed 54 documents with secret information when he was arrested in 2003.


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