James Yee: The Shackles of Freedom


More than anything about his arrest and detention, former U.S. army captain James Yee remembers the shackles.

Placed on his wrists and ankles, the manacles were secured to a chain wrapped around his waist. Back at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison camp, where Yee worked as a Muslim military chaplain, the restraint was known as a "three-piece suit" and commonly used to hobble the most dangerous of America's enemies.

"At that point, I clearly understood they were treating me like an enemy combatant," Yee recalls. "That's how prisoners were taken around in camp, and I was shackled just like them. That was the scariest part."

 


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