Place : Level 2, Siswarama Building
Centre For Civilisational Dialogue
University of Malaya
Time : 9.30 am. - 12.30 pm.
James Yee believed in God and America and one of those got him thrown in jail.In 2001,
Captain James "Yusuf" Yee was commissioned as one of the first Muslim chaplains in the
United States Army. After the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, he became a frequent government spokesman, helping to educate soldiers about Islam and build understanding throughout the military. Subsequently, Chaplain Yee was selected to serve as the Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, where nearly 700 detainees captured in the war on terror were being held as "unlawful combatants." In September 2003, after serving
at Guantanamo for ten months in a role that gave him unrestricted access to the
detainees--and after receiving numerous awards for his service there--Chaplain Yee was
secretly arrested on his way to meet his wife and daughter for a routine two-week leave.
He was locked away in a navy prison, subject to much of the same treatment that had been imposed on the Guantanamo detainees. Wrongfully accused of spying, and aiding the Taliban and Al Qaeda, Yee spent 76 excruciating days in solitary confinement and was threatened with the death penalty. Eventually the criminal charges were dropped and Chaplain Yee's record wiped clean. But his reputation was tarnished, and what has been a promising military career was left in ruins. Depicting a journey of faith and service,
Chaplain Yee's For God and Country is the story of a pioneering officer in the U.S. Army,
who became a victim of the post-September 11 paranoia.
James J. Yee, also known by the Arabic name Yusuf Yee, born c. 1968 is an American
former United States Army chaplain with the rank of captain. He is best known for being
subject to an intense investigation by the United States, but all charges were later
dropped. Yee, a Chinese American, was born in New Jersey and raised in Springfield
Township, where he attended Jonathan Dayton High School. Yee graduated from West
Point in 1990.
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