Everyday there are more and more stories of jihad in America, under reported and ignored. Apparently this former sailor accused of disclosing information about Navy ships to a terrorism supporter made coded reference to Usama bin Laden in a recorded phone call with friends, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Ex-sailor accused of plotting to attack San Diego base hat tip Rut
FBI witnesses say Hassan Abujihaad, awaiting trial on charges that he told extremists about U.S. ship movements, also conspired to shoot military personnel.
By Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWASHINGTON -- A former U.S. Navy sailor, already charged with divulging classified ship movements to British extremists linked to Al Qaeda, also discussed details of a previously undisclosed plan to attack a San Diego military base in late 2006 with at least two other men, authorities said Wednesday.
Testifying in a federal court hearing in New Haven, Conn., FBI Special Agent David Dillon said Hassan Abujihaad, 31, of Phoenix had extensive discussions about the alleged plot with an Illinois man, Derrick Shareef, and to a lesser degree with an undercover FBI informant Shareef had introduced to him.
According to a court motion filed by federal prosecutors that was unsealed Wednesday, Shareef and Abujihaad talked in 2003, while they were roommates in Phoenix, of attacking a military recruiting station; in 2004 proposed attacking the unspecified San Diego base with sniper fire; and in 2006 took concrete steps to pursue such an attack.
AP GREENBELT, Md. - A former security guard at Andrews Air Force Base who failed to put his Muslim name on a job application was trying to conceal his ties to a controversial Washington imam, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
U.S. District Court jurors began hearing the case against Darrick Michael Jackson, who is charged with making a false statement when he failed to put the alias "Abdul-Jalil Mohammed" on an application for a job at the suburban Washington base that is home to Air Force One. Jackson could face five years in prison if convicted.
Jackson already was a security guard at Andrews when he reapplied in 2005 after the contract for security at the base changed. He had to fill out a federal form, which asked if he had any aliases. Jackson did not include the Muslim name.
At the time, he was affiliated with the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in southeast Washington, which is led by a fiery imam named Abdul Alim Musa. While Musa is not on trial in the case, prosecutors said Jackson tried to hide his ties to Musa and the mosque to avoid an investigation that might have led to the denial of his application.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Salem told jurors that Musa "has made some inflammatory statements about the United States" without elaborating. He told jurors that the government was not pursuing the case because of Jackson's religion.