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Ex-Sailor Gave Military Secrets To Terrorists

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:


A former US Navy sailor was arrested Wednesday for supplying a pro-Al-Qaeda website with information on US ship movements and vulnerabilities, justice authorities said. A Justice Department statement said that while Hassan Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, was serving in the Middle East aboard the ship USS Benfold, pictured, in 2000-2001, he supplied information on a US Navy battle group involved in missions against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban to London-based Azzam Publications and the Azzam.com website.

Ex-Navy sailor accused of releasing info to terror suspect


March 7, 2007, 10:36PM

WASHINGTON — A former Navy sailor was arrested today and accused of  releasing classified information that ended up in the hands of a suspected terrorism financier.

Hassan Abujihaad, 31, of Phoenix, is accused in a case that began in Connecticut and followed a suspected terrorist network across the country and into Europe and the Middle East.

He was arrested in Phoenix on charges of supporting terrorism with an intent to kill U.S. citizens and transmitting classified information to unauthorized people.

Abujihaad, who is also known as Paul R. Hall, is charged in the same case as Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist arrested in 2004 and accused of running Web sites to raise money for terrorism. Ahmad is scheduled to be extradited to the U.S. to face trial.

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

Abujihaad, a former enlisted man, exchanged e-mails with Ahmad while on active duty on the USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer, in 2000 and 2001, according to an affidavit released today. He allegedly purchased videos promoting violent jihad, or holy war.

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.

The documents retrieved from Ahmad show drawings of Navy battle groups and discuss upcoming missions. They also say the battle group could be attacked using small weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades. The ships were never attacked.

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.

The investigation was run out of Connecticut because Ahmad allegedly used an Internet service provider there to host one of his fundraising Web sites. Kevin O’Connor, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, had no comment tonight.

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.

According to the affidavit, Shareef and Abujihaad lived together in 2004 when Ahmad was arrested. After reading news reports of the case, Abujihaad became upset and said, “I think this is about me,” Shareef told investigators.

Authorities then taped a phone conversation between Abujihaad and an informant in which Abujihaad appeared nervous. Although Abujihaad didn’t say outright that he was involved in the leak of classified information, the affidavit provided enough evidence for an arrest warrant.

Abujihaad received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 2002, according to the affidavit.

There was no answer at the Phoenix apartment where Abujihaad lives tonight and neighbors did not seem to know him. Court records to not say when he will be sent to New Haven, Conn., for arraignment in federal court.

Just going by his new name, one naturally wonders if Mr. Hassan Abujihaad (formerlly Paul R. Hall) isn’t a Muslim convert?

The article, however, makes no mention of it. Nor does it mention Mr. Babar Ahmad’s religious persuasion.

So I suppose we can assume it had no bearing on their actions.

Or the AP surely would have told us.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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