Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Ordeal of Chaplain James Yee

He had become one of them.

Like the suspected terrorists with whom he spoke as an Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Capt. James Yee was accused of being an enemy to the country. He was detained at a Jacksonville, Fla., airport without being told why. All his wife knew back in Olympia, Wash., where he had been headed, was that he didn't show up.

He was arrested and shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles. Goggles painted black were placed over his eyes. Large earmuffs blocked his hearing, he said.

"It's called sensory deprivation," Yee told about 500 people Monday night at UC Santa Barbara. "It's done to instill fear, intimidation and confusion."

"To instill fear, intimidation and confusion." That is an apt description of the broader policies of the Bush regime.


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