New Muslim Chaplain to Replace James Yee Won't Have Access to Detainees

November 7, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 7, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "the US military has made plans to bring a new Muslim chaplain to the base where it is holding some 660 accused terror suspects, but he will not be allowed to come into contact with the 'enemy combatants' being detained here without trial. In September, the former Muslim chaplain, Captain James 'Yousef' Yee, was arrested. He has been charged with disobeying an order -- reportedly for smuggling classified information off the base. Major General Mitchell LeClaire, second in command of the interrogation operation, said yesterday that the military has arranged for a replacement to be in Guantanamo Bay by early December. However, while the new chaplain will continue Yee's role of advising command staff on Islamic practices, he will minister only to Muslim soldiers and will not meet with detainees, as Yee did... The news that the detainees will not have access to a replacement Muslim counselor comes amid growing international concern over their psychological condition."