Former Army Chaplain Yee Held at Border for Two Hours

July 24, 2006

Source: The Associated Press

On July 24, 2006 The Associated Press reported, "Former Army Capt. James Yee, whose work as a Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo ended when he was arrested and accused of spying, says he believes he was unfairly detained at the Canadian border over the weekend on his way back from a day trip. Yee, who spent 76 days in solitary confinement before being cleared of all charges in March 2004, said in a telephone interview Sunday with The Associated Press that memories of his experience in Army detention came back to him while he was being questioned for two hours at the border Saturday evening. 'Perhaps this is an indication I'm still of interest to the federal government,' Yee said. He said customs' officials were polite and professional but would not tell him why he was stopped or if he had done anything wrong. A number of other people were stopped at the border, had their vehicles inspected and then were sent on their way in about 10 minutes while he was being questioned from 8 to 10 p.m., Yee said. At the time, he speculated he was held for an extended period because the FBI had been called. Border inspections by customs agents are routine, said Mike Milne, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He said he could not comment specifically on why Yee was stopped at the border."