Thursday, April 15, 2004

Oops, Never Mind

From CNN:

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The U.S. Army on Wednesday dropped its remaining charges against Capt. James Yee, the Muslim chaplain once jailed on accusations of espionage while assigned as a cleric for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A reprimand issued to Yee for lesser sex-related violations was dismissed by Gen. James T. Hill, head of the Army’s Southern Command in Miami.

A month ago, the Army abandoned charges of mishandling classified information, after it had postponed proceedings against Yee five times without introducing evidence of what he was supposed to have done wrong.

When Yee was jailed on espionage charges last September at a Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina, his lawyers were told he might face the death penalty.


Yee’s civilian defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, issued a statement saying Yee was pleased.

“At the same time, however, it is regrettable that the Army has not yet apologized for the indignities to which he was subjected — including 76 days of unwarranted solitary confinement,” Fidell said.

“We hope that higher authority will agree that an apology is overdue.”

Or, as someone (can’t remember who) once said after a similar episode, “Pray tell, sir; where do I go to get my good name back?”