Capt. Jason Orlich marched into the counterintelligence office with one of
his most trusted Arabic translators. They had news about Chaplain James
The linguist, a Syrian-born Christian, claimed he had overheard Yee
speaking in Arabic to a detainee at the prison hospital, ridiculing the
camp's psychological-operations posters.
The posters depicted images such as an Afghanistan landscape at sunset. A
Pashtu caption beneath it stated: "Find your way home / Truth will land you
there." Another poster showed boys in a schoolroom, above the words: "The
time is now for cooperation / Return and join the future of Afghanistan."
The camp's counterintelligence office was run by Theo Polet, a 40-year-old
National Guard captain from Florida. He led a small team of agents
responsible for investigating subversive behavior at Guantánamo.
Polet already had received information about Yee from Orlich's intelligence
section. Most of it was third-hand. But today was different.
This time, they had a witness.
Polet and Orlich saw the alleged incident as a clear attempt to undermine
interrogations, or at least embolden an enemy combatant. Polet considered
it a "watershed moment..."
SUSPICION IN THE RANKS
Inside the spy investigation of Capt. James Yee
Ray Rivera, Seattle Times, 1/9/05