NYT Gives Reasons to Believe Capt. Yee Is a Victim

Missteps Seen in Muslim Chaplain's Spy Case. This New York Times story doesn't actually say much that is new (cf. Case Against Capt. Yee Starts to Smell Like a Train Wreck almost a month ago), but it's nice to see it on the front page.

The only things in the article that I hadn't heard before are (1) that the regulars are pointing the finger at the reservists as the cause of the erroneous and/or botched prosecution: “Reservists serving as counterintelligence officers at the camp were apprehensive that they might miss some sign of infiltration of the base but were relatively inexperienced in how to handle such matters” and (2) the lurid details of just how nasty the conditions of confinement were when Capt. Yee was in solitary.

Even if all the charges against Capt. Yee are dismissed, his marriage has been perhaps irretrievably damaged, he spent weeks in solitiary in shackles, treated worse than the inmantes in Gitmo (who are at least told the direction of Mecca), and his career as an officer—probably not irrelevant to a West Point graduate?—is presumably finished. And it's hard to see how he'll get out of the adultury charge in light of the testimony (put into public evidence first in order to cause him the maximum personal damage). Ok, this isn't the modern Dreyfus Affair, but it's not a good advertisement for US military justice either.

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