Spy, Adulterer, Whatever

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The case against Capt. James J. Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, seems to be dissolving before the government's eyes. Originally accused of espionage, he was held in the brig for 76 days, after which he was charged only with mishandling classified material, plus some minor offenses having nothing to do with security, including adultery and keeping pornography on his government computer. Now it turns out the classified material he supposedly mishandled may not have been classified after all. The prosecution has asked for a postponement in Yee's pre-trial hearing so it can determine the nature of the documents found in his luggage. One of his defense lawyers, Maj. Scott Sikes, told The New York Times

he hoped the military would decide to drop the case. He said he believed that the military was pressing ahead as part of an unwise effort to save face over its initial miscalculation.

The case, he noted, "started out with allegations of being a spy."

"There has since been a steady decline in the seriousness of the allegations," Major Sikes said.

Major Sikes, a former military prosecutor, said, "This is the most incredible military proceeding this military counsel has ever seen."

Not only is Yee not a spy, apparently, but his only crimes may be petty stuff incidentally dredged up by the government's investigation. The case illustrates once again the importance of an open, adversarial process, especially when the public is inclined to join the government in its rush to judgment.

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  1. What worries me is this: SOMETHING motivated the military to start arresting people at Gitmo for espionage. Because, obviously, it wasn’t the accidental disocovery of secret documents during a routine security check that set this off.

    What’s worse: a spasm of anti-Muslim hysteria, or intel from the Middle East pointing towards a leak?

  2. How I admire/marvel at Jacob Sullum, who by preternatural insight knows what really happened in the Yee case. And Sullum nobly accepts what Yee’s lawyer told the New York Times as being the gospel truth. How genuine and sophisticated of him!

  3. How I admire/marvel at Jacob Sullum, who by preternatural insight knows what really happened in the Yee case. And Sullum nobly accepts what Yee’s lawyer told the New York Times as being the gospel truth. How genuine and sophisticated of him!

  4. How I admire/marvel at Jacob Sullum, who by preternatural insight knows what really happened in the Yee case. And Sullum nobly accepts what Yee’s lawyer told the New York Times as being the gospel truth. How genuine and sophisticated of him!

  5. I swear to God it’s not my fault that it posted the same message over and over again.

  6. Abu,

    Perhaps Jacob is operating under the assumption (based on past cases and evidence) that the government was a little too zealous? Nah, never happens.

    Steve

    PS I wonder what Gaffney over at frontpagemag.com thinks of this?

  7. Yes it is, Abu.

  8. Abu: It was God, wasn’t it. He wanted you to make the point.

  9. Once again the government fails to produce the smoking gun it claimed necessitated [insert abuse of power].

    I wonder if the zealots who, in a fit of self-righteousness, trampled upon the basic liberties of so many, will ever be held accountable.

  10. Abu, it’s not a matter of accepting the defense team’s version of the truth. The government itself, after branding Yee a spy, did not find evidence to substantiate that charge. The government itself, after saying Yee had mishandled classified material, now says maybe the material wasn’t classified after all. And it does not take a huge leap of faith to see the adultery and porn charges as cheap attempts to beef up the indictment with petty accusations that have nothing to do with the original allegations.

  11. I would really like to know what the “porn,” of the government computer was actually? A yahoo! news story about Mary Carrey perhaps? The rules allow such fudging.

    :-

  12. I happened to print out and show the intro of this thread to a friend of mine who recently got back from Kuber. Was serving in the military and actually knew this guy.
    He agrees they don’t have anything serious on him.

  13. The Emperor Misha is still calling Yee “spy and traitor” even after all this, and refusing to retract it until he is proven NOT guilty of all charges. So apparently, in cases of espionage and treason, accusation is as good as conviction.

    More evidence that, as Jesse said a while back, an “idiotarian” is someone who’s offended an idiot.

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