Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
this year, I wrote on the subject of how the extreme Wahhabi branch of Islam had
managed to usurp the vetting process by which the U.S. military selects its
Muslim chaplains, raising the specter of a “Trojan Horse” within the armed
Wahhabi Trojan Horse in the U.S. Military,” DefenseWatch,
Mar, 23, 2003).
arrest of a 34-year-old Army Islamic chaplain on Sept. 10 has confirmed my
the end of my earlier article I wrote: “I have no
evidence that any of the 17 Muslim Chaplains currently serving in the
military are anything but honorable
clerics serving their country during time of war.”
enter 34-year old Army Capt. Yousef Yee – a.k.a. James Yee.
in 1990 where he had an unremarkable
record as a cadet. He was a resident of
, of Chinese extraction who designated
his religion as Lutheran. Soon after graduation, Yee left the Army to undertake
religious training in Islam and intensive instruction in Arabic. He spent four
with these activities, where he
formally converted to Islam, changed his name to Yousef, and married a Syrian
his return to the
, he applied for and was accepted into
the Army Chaplain Corps as a Muslim. His first assignment was Chaplain to the 29th
Signal Battalion at
have been unable to determine exactly which organization vetted his credentials,
but given that this happened in the late 1990s, one can reliably presume that
Yee was vetted by one of the Wahhabi-backed organizations I discuss in my
was stationed at
during the 9/11 attack.
November 2002, Yee was assigned to
, to serve the spiritual needs of the 660 Muslim detainees. He was shy about
media interviews, refusing to speak with reporters for months after his arrival
. He routinely dodged questions relating to the depth of his involvement with
the detainees, his commitment to Islam, and how this involvement related to his
services as a military chaplain and officer. When asked if he was sympathetic to
the prisoners, Yee remained silent and emotionless.
reported by KREM TV News in
according to U.S. Southern Command spokesman Capt. Tom Crosson, Yee had daily
access to all the detainees, and was able to have private conversations with
them from time to time.
did materially improve the living conditions for the detainees, especially as
this related to their religious wellbeing. He was respected by his seniors
within and outside the Chaplain Corps.
came as a big surprise, therefore, when U.S. Customs Service authorities
detained Yee in
, on Sept. 10 as he was returning from
Officials have told several news organizations that he
was carrying classified documents relating to the detainees, including prison
and cell diagrams linking cells to prisoners, and other sensitive information.
currently occupies a cell in a Navy brig at
, with fellow inmates Yaser
Esam Hamdi, an American-born Saudi who fought with the Taliban, and Jose
member charged with plotting to detonate a radiological bomb.
has not yet been charged as investigations continue, but under the Uniform Code
of Military Justice he can be held for up to two months prior to formal charges
being issued. There currently is no convincing evidence for his guilt, although
the circumstantial evidence was apparently persuasive enough for a military
magistrate to order Yee’s detention.
was discovered by chance, and the good efforts of a Customs agent who kept his
eyes open, even in the presence of a military officer.
is not the only military person stationed at
detained by military authorities. Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi was
arrested on Sept. 23 for allegedly engaging in espionage activities. He was on
his way to
, ostensibly to marry a Syrian national at the time of his arrest. Although he
denies any wrongdoing, the accumulated evidence against him is convincing
according to officials, who also stated to Fox News today that another as yet
unnamed individual stationed at
is under investigation.
allowing Wahhabi-backed organizations to vet Islamic chaplains, the
military is opening the door to entirely preventable problems. We know who the
wolf is. We recognize his distinctive clothing. We understand his message of
death and destruction.
makes absolutely no sense to let these terror-driven Islamists determine who
will and who won’t become spiritual leaders for Muslims serving in the
military. If we fail to address this looming problem, we will be faced with
many more instances like that of Army Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, the 32-year-old
Muslim charged with murdering Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone and Army Capt.
Christopher Scott Seifert with a hand grenade last March in Kuwait.
got Yee (if he turns out to be guilty), but what about the other 16 Muslim
chaplains? And what about the chaplains that will be vetted in the future?
we really want Wahhabi-directed clerics controlling our Muslim soldiers?