I blogged about the arrest of Chaplain Captain James Yee who was charged with disobeying an order for allegedly taking classified material from Guantanamo and improperly transporting it. Now, his case has taken a strange turn.
The U.S. military on Tuesday charged a Muslim chaplain accused of taking classified material from the U.S. prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with adultery and storing pornography on a government computer.
The new charges include making a false statement, storing pornography on a government computer and having sexual relations outside marriage, which violates military law.
Does the US military prosecute adultery allegations? Does that happen often? I am completely ignorant here, so help me out.
Raul Duany, a spokesman for the U.S. Southern Command, said the military released Army Capt. James Yee from custody and will allow him to return to duty at a base in Georgia.
He’s being released. Does that mean he’s not a dangerous spy? He’s also starting regular duty. Seems strange to me, but I know nothing about the military.
Yee will be prohibited from having contact with prisoners at Guantanamo, the spokesman said.
Do the previous charges still stand? Or have they been dropped?
Since I have no idea about military law, I checked Phil Carter’s weblog. Phil is a former army officer and currently a law student.
The case of CPT James Yee, the Muslim chaplain suspected of espionage at Guantanamo Bay, took a strange turn today when the Army decided to release him from the military brig at Charleston to regular duty at Fort Benning, GA. The Army also added new counts to his current charges of mishandling classified information, including allegations of adultery, storing pornography on a government computer, and disobeying a lawful order. The next step for CPT Yee is an Art. 32 hearing, which is somewhat like a grand jury hearing, and then he may face a general court martial for his actions. Suffice to say, the stakes are much lower than when I wrote this article arguing for capital punishment in this case. But I still think there is more here than meets the eye. I expect we’ll see more charges in the near future — more to follow.
I hope he has more because I am thoroughly confused.
(Via Talking Points Memo.)
UPDATE: Also, see this NY Times article.