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Media Advisory: Former Guantanamo Bay chaplain falsely accused of espionage available to media prior to Sept. 22 lecture at Vanderbilt

Sep. 22, 2008, 4:00 PM

James J. Yee, Army captain and former chaplain at the United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was falsely accused of espionage and arrested and imprisoned for nearly three months before charges were dropped, will bring his story to Vanderbilt Monday, Sept. 22.

Yee’s talk begins at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Life Center located at 310 25th Ave. S. on Vanderbilt’s campus. Prior to his lecture Yee will be available to the media at 6:30 p.m. in Suite 220 in the Student Life Center.

Yee served as the Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay prison. He was arrested and imprisoned in a Navy brig for 76 days in September 2003 after being accused of spying, espionage and aiding alleged Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners. He was held in solitary confinement and subjected to the same sensory deprivation techniques used on other detainees in Cuba. The criminal charges were later dropped and Yee was reinstated to full duty. He tendered his resignation from the Army and received an honorable discharge in 2005 as well as a second Army Commendation medal for "exceptionally meritorious service."

WHAT: James J. Yee, Army captain and former chaplain at the United
States military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was falsely accused of espionage and arrested and imprisoned for nearly three months before charges were dropped, will deliver a public lecture at Vanderbilt University. Yee will be available to media prior to his lecture.
WHERE: The media availability will be held in Suite 220 in Vanderbilt’s
Student Life Center located at 310 25th Ave. S. The lecture will be held in the Student Life Center’s ballroom.

WHEN: Yee’s media availability is Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. and his
lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Media Contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS
princine.lewis@vanderbilt.edu

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