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James Yee, Former Chaplin at Guantanamo Bay Prison, Speaks at Meramec

March 02, 2009

Book Cover For God and Country  

The Meramec campus and the Global Studies Committee welcome James Yee on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in Student Center 200. Yee, who served as the Muslim Chaplain for the controversial U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will discuss his harrowing experiences, as depicted in his book, For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.

At Guantanamo, Yee advised camp commanders on detainee religious practices and objected to the cruel and degrading abuses to which the prisoners were subjected. Eventually, he was arrested and imprisoned in a Navy brig for 76 days, while being falsely accused of spying, espionage and aiding the alleged Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners. After months of government investigation, the charges were dropped. The Washington Post calls his story “required reading for all U.S. officials waging war on Islamic terrorists.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow at noon. For more information visit us online at www.stlcc.edu and select the Calendar link for April. Or, call 314-984-7637.