On Tuesday, CNN reported that George Washington University hired Jesse Morton, a man known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad when he was a recruiter for al Qaeda, to work as an “expert” at its center on homeland security. According to CNN, he was arrested in Morrocco, expedited to the U.S. and sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for charges stemming from death threats made against the creators of “South Park.”
He wasn’t always an Islamic extremist, CNN said:
Morton, 37, was born in Pennsylvania and became a choir boy in his grandmother’s Baptist church.
He said he came from an abusive household, and as a young man sought out radical groups. Twice he went to jail on drug-related charges.
During one stint in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia he met an Islamic extremist and one of his followers, and began what he described as his “indoctrination” process.
Over a period of years, he said he became radicalized, appreciating the structure of Islam after a tumultuous childhood, and finding a “family” amongst his fellow al-Qaeda members.
But, CNN added, he had a change of heart while in prison:
In prison he spent time in the library, where he read the works of Enlightenment philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke, and American thinkers such as Thomas Payne, allowing him to “re-identify with Western culture and civilization.”
“In Locke, I found tolerance and secularism,” he said. “In Rousseau’s social contract, I saw the value of democracy.”
Then he met a “fabulous” FBI agent who would change his life.
While other law enforcement officers “demonized” him, Morton said this agent showed him respect — and that changed his entrenched views that the US government was evil.
Morton spent less than three years in prison and was released in 2015. He’s gone on to work with the FBI on “high profile cases” in the last year, CNN said. Now, he’ll be working at the university, focusing on writing and research.
CNN presented Morton as a reformed individual who suffers from guilt but Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, wasn’t impressed, and reminded readers of his history:
First, let me point out that my colleagues and I are blacklisted from college campuses. Nonie Darwish has had every university talk canceled on her. Robert Spencer, Wafa Sultan and I have not been invited to speak in years.
Younus Abdullah Muhammad, nee Jesse Morton, founded “Revolution Muslim” in 2008, along with his partner Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab. Atlas readers are long familiar with this vicious cretin. Al-Khattab repeatedly threatened me as well. Back in 2008, he began posting threatening snuff-like death threat videos at a Pamela Geller hate site (below).
Here’s one photo of several she posted:
“This is who George Washington University hired as an expert. Saudi multimillion dollar donations to university at work,” she wrote.
“Academia is worse than finished,” she added. “The whole of it will have to be destroyed and rebuilt if we are to save our nation.”
That’s putting it mildly.
Here’s a portion of the FBI indictment against him:
“Jesse Morton operated Revolution Muslim to radicalize those who saw and heard his materials online and to incite them to engage in violence against those they believed to be enemies of Islam,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim, but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Morton’s organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security. We’re grateful to the FBI, NYPD, and their law enforcement partners throughout the world who made today’s conviction possible.”
“Individuals such as Morton who encourage violence and create fear over the Internet are a danger to our society and to the freedoms we enjoy as citizens,” said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. “Today’s plea, and other recent cases of those associated with Morton’s organization, demonstrate the widespread nature of this danger. Together with our partner law enforcement agencies, and with the assistance of the community, the FBI will continue to pursue those who promulgate violent extremism and promote the radicalization of others.”
“Fortunately, NYPD Intelligence Division detectives were in a position to learn exactly how Morton used the Internet to conspire to solicit murder, and how he encouraged others to solicit the murder of an artist whose material he deemed offensive,” said Police Commissioner [Ray] Kelly. “This important plea resulted because the NYPD’s monitoring of Morton’s activities, combined with the investigative and prosecutorial expertise of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, made for a strong case, in addition to a strong partnership.”
The indictment also says Morton and his associates “posted messages in support of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the November 2009 killings at Ft. Hood and attacks and future threats against Jewish organizations, among others.”
“Through his online forums, Morton conspired with Zachary Chesser, of Fairfax County, Va., and others to solicit the murder of an artist tied to the ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day’ movement in May 2010, including posting online a magazine that included the artist in a hit list for violent extremists to take out and a message from Anwar Al-Awlaki that explicitly called for the artist’s assassination. In justifying these actions, Morton posted online a speech of his asserting that ‘Islam’s position is that those that insult the Prophet may be killed’ and exhorting his listeners to fight the ‘disbelievers near you,’” the indictment adds.
Here’s video about Morton, provided by PBS Newshour:
Now he’s drawing a paycheck at George Washington University.
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