At noon last Sept. 11, Huda Yee arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma airport for a long-awaited reunion with her husband, Capt. James J. Yee, a Muslim chaplain who was supposed to return home from Guantánamo Bay for a one-week leave. Mrs. Yee, a 29-year-old Palestinian from Syria, had gone to Syria almost a year earlier with her 4-year-old daughter, Sarah, to be with her family while her husband, an Army chaplain permanently stationed at Fort Lewis, south of here, ministered to detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The two had arranged to fly home on the same day. That day at the airport was the beginning of a bizarre and frightening three-month odyssey for Mrs. Yee and her husband, who quickly became a cause célèbre for advocacy groups across the country who accuse the government of trumping up an espionage case against him. On Thursday, Captain Yee spoke publicly for the first time with some of those supporters, many of whom have likened his case to that of the Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, to thank them for letter-writing campaigns and protests on his behalf. Full Story
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