The Pentagon yesterday ordered a review of how it recruits military chaplains, particularly Muslim clerics endorsed by two groups with ties to radical Islam.
Pentagon officials yesterday informed senators of the review as Sens. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, announced upcoming hearings on whether the radical Wahhabi sect has infiltrated the U.S. military chaplain corps.
The sudden, intense scrutiny of how the Pentagon picks Muslim chaplains came after the FBI arrested Army Capt. James Yee. The chaplain is being held on suspicion of committing espionage while he tended to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at the detention center at the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Air Force has arrested a second Guantanamo staffer, Senior Airmen Ahmad al Halabi, and charged him with 32 criminal offenses centering on espionage. At least one and perhaps two ...