In the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to close the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Pierce College Puyallup is honored to welcome James Yee, former Army captain and Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay.
Yee will speak on his experiences at Guantanamo, the aftermath of his speaking out against abuses there, and Obama’s decision to close the prison camp. He will speak at 10 a.m. March 5 in the College Center multipurpose room, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE.
All are welcome and the event is free.
Yee was stationed at Guantanamo Bay and advised camp commanders on the religious practices of Muslin detainees. He opposed how those detainees were treated and spoke out against those practices. He was later arrested and imprisoned for 76 days in September 2003 after being falsely accused of spying, espionage, and aiding Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners.
The criminal charges were dropped after a military investigation and Yee’s record was cleared. He was reinstated to full duty at Fort Lewis. He resigned from the Army and received an honorable discharge in 2005.
Yee now lectures on his experiences, Islam, Asian-American and religious issues, diversity, and the balance between protecting civil liberties and national security. His visit to Pierce College Puyallup is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
For more information, call (253) 840-8487.