Honda: Investigation Granted into Chaplain Yee Case

US Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) today announced that the
Inspector General (IG) of the US Department of Defense has agreed to his
formal request for an investigation into the US Army's court martial of
James Yee, the Muslim chaplain who resigned from the Army on August 2 after
being subjected to months of questionable military legal procedures.

"Chaplain Yee's treatment by the US Army clearly warrants an investigation
into the handling of his entire case, including whether his detention was
supported by adequate evidence and appropriate legal charges," Congressman
Honda said. "I have grave concerns about the government's track record of
unsubstantiated charges - most notably in the case of Wen Ho Lee - and
Chaplain Yee's case raises serious questions about the way the military
administers justice."

Citing "irreparabl[e] injur[ies]" to his personal and professional
reputation due to the Army's "unfounded allegations," Chaplain Yee on
August 2 submitted a letter of resignation to the Army, requesting formal
discharge as of January 7, 2005.

The issue stems from the September 10, 2003 arrest of US Army Chaplain Yee,
a commissioned officer of Islamic faith whom Army officials held in
solitary confinement for 76 days on a variety of charges ranging from
treason to mishandling classified documents. The Army later dropped all
criminal charges, opting to pursue a non-judicial punishment that Chaplain
successfully fought on appeal before his full reinstatement.

In response to allegations that the Army denied Chaplain Yee the military
courtesies commensurate with his rank and targeted him because of his
religious affiliation with Islam, Rep. Honda publicly called for an
investigation into the matter to ensure that the Army complies with
accepted rules of law…

 

CAIR-SV Awards Journalism Scholarship to Muslim Students

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The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today announced the award of six scholarships to Northern California Muslim college students. CAIR-SV officials say five of the scholarships will be used in general education, while one will be used for studies in journalism and mass communication.

CAIR-SV joined with the Council of Asian, Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy, and Leadership (CAPITAL) - an umbrella for more than 90 organizations - in awarding five $1,000 general education CAIR-CAPITAL scholarships to:

* Samia Malik of Eldorado Hills - University of California, Los Angeles
(Medicine/Biology)
* Samia Ghaffar of Davis - University of California, Davis (Bio Science)

* Eisha Zaid of Davis - University of California, Davis (Genetics)

* Mustafa Siddique of Folsom - University of California, Davis (Bio
Science)
* Sadia Ghaffar of Davis - University of California, Davis (Genetics,
Religious Std.)

A CAIR-SV Journalism/Mass Communication Scholarship ($2,500) is being
awarded to Zaki Hasan, a graduate student in Mass Communication at
California State University, San Jose. Hasan has produced several films on
diverse topics, including the life of American Muslim post-9/11.

"We thank CAPITAL for their support of the joint scholarship program and
congratulate the recipients of the scholarships," said CAIR-SV Executive
Director Basim Elkarra.

The scholarship awards fulfill a pledge made by CAIR-SV at its 2003 Annual
Banquet. CAIR-SV plans to promote the study of journalism with an annual
scholarship program.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, CAIR-SV (916) 289-3748

 

CAIR-LA FALL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Southern California (CAIR-LA) is
seeking applicants for its fall internship program (September 7- November
19). The program is open to Muslim college or university students age 18
and older who have legal status in the U.S. to receive a monthly stipend.

CAIR's internship program provides first-hand experience and training in
Community Outreach, Education, Governmental Relations, Lobbying, Public and
Media Relations,

Legal and Civil Rights, Research and Leadership Training. The application
deadline is August 27, 2004.

Interested and qualified applicants should contact Alia Aboul-Nasr at [email protected] or call 714-776-1847 for an application.