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|Former Military Chaplain James Yee Speaks about Guantanamo & His Illegal Imprisonment|
|Date||Thursday January 25|
|Time||12:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
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Sacramento City College - Student Center Building
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
Near Sutterville Blvd. and Sac City College Light Rail Station
|Organizer/Author||Colleen Whalen, Sac Code Pink Field Organizer|
Sacramento City College Cultural Affairs Department is hosting a lecture by former US Army Chaplain James Yee. This lecture series is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
Thursday, January 25th in the Student Center building
(near the cafeteria)
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd. (near Sutterville Blvd)
(Sac City College Light Rail Station)
James Yee will speak briefly at noon during a ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. The President or V.P. of Sacramento City College will speak about Dr. King's legacy of civil rights advocacy - other speakers will lecture also.
At 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Yee will give a much longer, detailed lecture describing his experiences at Guantanamo Prison and his illegal incarceration which violated his right to Habeus Corpus and his 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th Ammendment rights.
A third-generation Chinese-American, his entire family has a record of American exemplary military service dating back to WWI. Yee was a stellar West Point graduate with a distinguished career as a military officer.
Yee was initially assigned to Guantanamo Prison to serve as Muslim Chaplain to the prisioners. Because he provided spiritual counseling to Muslim inmates and protested torture and human rights violations at Guantanamo, after less than one year serving there, he was illegally incarcerated in 2002 as an "enemy combatant" at top-secret Naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. This prison is where all Americans accused of being "terrorist sympathizers" are imprisoned for an indefinite period of time, without charges and denied legal counsel.
Upon his arrest. the military refused to let Yee's family know his whereabouts. He was denied mail, visitors and legal represenation. Fortunately, a government employee leaked the news to the media, which gained national outrage.
Yee was accused of espionage by the military and threatened with the death penalty. He spent 76 days in solitary confinement and was subject to abusive torture treatment.
In 2004, the government dropped all charges against him due to complete lack of credible evidence against Yee. He never received an apology from the government and resigned in disgust, due to his military career destroyed in ruins and his faith in American democracy being shattered. In October 2005, Yee wrote the book “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.”
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