Former Guantanamo Bay Army Chaplain to speak at Binghamton University
Former Guantanamo Bay Army Chaplain James Yee will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the Watters Theater of the Fine Arts building, located on the Binghamton University campus. Yee’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of a discussion titled “Dialogues on Diversity and Social Justice.” Attendees will be invited to join a discussion on the challenges of protecting both our national security and civil liberties.
Yee, a West Point graduate, served as the Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay Prison's Camp Delta, where he led prayer services and counseled detainees. While ministering to prisoners, Yee advised the commanders of the camp on detainee religious practices and raised concerns about the abuses to which the prisoners were subjected.
In 2003 Yee made headlines when he was accused of spying, espionage, and aiding the alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. He was held in solitary confinement for 76 days and subjected to the same sensory deprivation techniques that were being used on the prisoners to whom he had ministered. The case was later dropped and now Yee is speaking publicly about his experience. Yee’s account of his Guantanamo experience is detailed in his book For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.
The program is sponsored by Binghamton University’s Multicultural Resource Center, Catholics Students/Newman Association, the Harpur College Deans Office, Hillel at Binghamton/The Jewish student Union, and the Muslim Student Association.
For more information, contact the Multicultural Resource Center at (607) 777-4472.