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Silence of Guilt By: Center for Security Policy
Center for Security Policy | Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The group that vetted accused terrorist spy James "Yousef" Yee to serve as a US military chaplain isn't talking to reporters. Meanwhile, news of the arrest of a second US serviceman who dealt with al Qaeda detainees at the US naval base in Guantanamo has people asking just how deeply the terrorist enemy has penetrated the United States armed forces.

Response from the Wahhabi Lobby so far is typical: a combination of (1) hiding from reporters, (2) complaining that the alleged spies were being picked on because they are Muslim, and (3) changing the subject.

The American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, which reportedly recommended Capt. Yee, won't comment to journalists, referring callers to its Website, which states simply that reporters should not bother Yee's ailing parents.

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad implies in an initial statement that the government is making an issue of the alleged spies' religion. (Awad is an avowed supporter of the Hamas suicide bombing group. He declined an opportunity to testify recently before a Senate panel, avoiding any cross-examination.) As of this writing, CAIR's headline-packed Website is silent about the arrests.

The other arrested serviceman, US Air Force Senior Airman Ahmad I. al Halabi, served as an Arabic interpreter at Guantanamo and was secretly apprehended in July on eight counts of espionage and three counts of aiding the enemy.

The Yee arrest validates the Center for Security Policy's long-held concerns that the Clinton-era Pentagon program to hire and vet Muslim chaplains is dangerously flawed and harmful to national security.

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