(NEW YORK, NY, 7/6/06) Former U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee yesterday called on administration officials to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison. His announcement, mad at a press conference at the office of the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), comes after the recent landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on military tribunals.
Yee stated: “Last Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision clarified to us all that President Bush clearly overstepped his executive authority in attempting to try prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in a manner that did not meet the necessary standards of the Geneva Conventions or even U.S. military law.”
“In light of the of the recent Supreme Court decision, the necessity to close the prison at Guantanamo is becoming more apparent,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Nadia Mohammad.
Chaplain Yee also announced that he has been contacted by the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office with an opportunity to provide his own input to the IG for consideration in the ongoing investigation. He submitted eighteen pages of relevant information, in addition to about 100 pages of supporting documents. He believes that this opportunity is an indication that the DoD IG investigation into the mishandling of his case is near completion.
James Yee served as the Army Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2002 to 2003. He has written a book, “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire” chronicling his experience working at Guantanamo Bay.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
For more information, contact:
Nadia Mohammad, 212-870-2002
Wayne Lum, Representative, James Yee Ad Hoc Committee: 347-400-1656