March 8, 2007, - 10:44 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Next time Muslim propagandists tell you that so many Muslims (and it’s not that many) are joining are armed forces, keep in mind that that’s hardly a sign of patriotism for them. It might be, instead, a way to get top secret info and target our troops from within.
I’ve written about a long list of very loyal Muslim American soldiers . . . very loyal to the jihad. And the latest is Paul R. Hall a/k/a Hassan Abujihaad (“Father of the Holy War”). He supports Bin Laden and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. And, yesterday, he was arrested and charged with taking part in a conspiracy to kill American military personnel by giving suspected terrorists info aobut American ship movements in 2001.
And guess who Abujihaad’s roommate was? None other than Derrick Shareef, who was arrested in December for planNing to use grenades to attack an Illinois mall. And guess to whom he turned to defend him? CAIR. AS Gomer Pyle would say, surprise, surprise.
More from The Arizona Republic:
PHOENIX – A former U.S. sailor was arrested Wednesday on charges that he took part in a conspiracy to kill military personnel by giving suspected terrorists information about American ship movements in the Middle East in 2001.
Hassan Abujihaad, 31, who served aboard the destroyer USS Benfold from 1998 to 2002, also allegedly sent e-mails to a terrorist website, according to the Justice Department. The e-mails applauded Osama bin Laden and praised al-Qaeda’s attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.
Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul Hall, was arrested in Phoenix, FBI spokeswoman Deb McCarley said. He will be sent to Connecticut to face charges in federal court.
According to court records, Abujihaad linked up by Internet with British nationals Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan through a London organization known as Azzam Publications. Ahmad and Ahsan also are under federal indictment. The government says Azzam had an intelligence and fundraising role in terrorism.
Scotland Yard agents searched Ahmad’s residence in 2003 and found classified information about a Navy battle group. According to court records, Abujihaad had sent detailed intelligence from the Benfold to Azzam in 2001, nine months after the Cole attack, which killed 17 sailors.
Abujihaad’s messages allegedly said the battle group would pass through the entrance to the Persian Gulf, in 19 days, adding: “They have nothing to stop a small craft with RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) etc. except their Seals’ stinger missiles ‚Ä¶ Please destroy message.”
Abujihaad received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 2002, according to an FBI affidavit. Abujihaad’s alleged role was first reported in news media 27 months ago, but no charges were filed at the time. Thomas Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, wouldn’t comment on what delayed the indictment.
In December, the case against Abujihaad apparently received a boost after the arrest of Derrick Shareef, 22, of Genoa, Ill. Shareef, who lived with Abujihaad in 2004, was accused of planning to use grenades to attack a mall. An informer who became acquainted with Shareef helped the FBI set up a sting against Abujihaad.
Amid reports in 2004 of Ahmad’s arrest, Abujihaad turned to the Council on American-Islamic Relations for support. Deedra Abboud, then executive director at the council’s Arizona office, said at the time that Abujihaad told her he sent e-mails critical of U.S. foreign policy to Azzam, but denied divulging classified information.
Yup. Muslim soldiers serving in our armed forces are just sooooo patriotic . . . just not to America.
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