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Friday, March 9, 2007

A Former Sailor Arrested On Terror Charges

What the headlines leave out - what the damn story leaves out! - is that he's a Lutheran from a small fishing village in Finland Muslim. Excuse me, but that's a central fact of this case.
From All Headline News

Phoenix, AZ (AHN) - A former U.S. Navy sailor [
QC: a MUSLIM] was arrested in Phoenix Wednesday on charges of giving classified information about American ship movements in the Middle East to suspected terrorists in 2001. He also allegedly sent e-mails praising Osama bin Laden and al-Quaeda's 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen to a British man accused of running websites to raise money for terrorism.

Hassan Abujihaad, 31, was arrested in Phoenix, FBI spokeswoman Deb McCarley said. He will face charges in a Connecticut federal court.

Abujihaad was charged in the same case as the man who allegedly ran the website, British computer specialist Babar Ahma
d [QC: also a MUSLIM]. According to an affidavit, Abujihaad sent the e-mails to Ahmad while on active duty on the USS Benfold in 2000 and 2001.

The affidavit said Abujihaad received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 2002
. [QC: emphasis and notes are mine]

From the Chandler News-Dispatch

During a search of Ahmad‘s computers, investigators said they discovered files containing classified information about the positions of U.S. Navy U.S. Navy ships and discussing their susceptibility to attack.

In those e-mails, Abujihaad discussed naval military briefings and praised those who attacked the USS Cole in 2000, according to the affidavit by FBI Agent David Dillon.

Authorities discovered Abujihaad‘s military e-mail address among the computer files, and he had a secret security clearance that would have allowed him access to that material, according to the affidavit.

Ahmad was arrested in 2004 but the case against Abujihaad apparently received a boost in December following the arrest of Derrick Shareef, 22, of Genoa, Ill., near Chicago, who was accused of planning to use hand grenades to attack holiday shoppers at a mall.

Authorities then taped a phone conversation between Abujihaad and an informant in which Abujihaad appeared nervous. Though Abujihaad didn‘t say outright that he was involved in the leak of classified information, the affidavit provided enough evidence for an arrest warrant. [
QC: emphasis and notes are mine]
Can we stop pretending that we do not need to profile people who fit the apt description of those with whom we are war and who seek to do us harm? We're at war with radical Islam; though I'm pretty damn close to removing the "radical" label altogether. Abujihadd is traitor. He should be tried and if found guilty, quickly executed.


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