An American convert to Islam has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for siding with his Muslim brothers over his own Navy men. Personally I am against Muslims being allowed into our armed forces, because of reasons like this.
Ex-U.S. sailor jailed for 10 years on terrorism charges
BOSTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. Navy sailor stationed in the Middle East was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Friday for spying and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
Hassan Abujihaad, 33, was convicted last year by a federal jury in Connecticut of providing classified information to Azzam Publications in London, knowing that it would be used in a conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens.
Abujihaad, formerly known as Paul Hall, was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 7, 2007.
Prosecutors accused Azzam Publications of engaging in a conspiracy to provide material support and communications links to people involved in terrorism, including the disclosure of a U.S. Navy battle group's movements in 2001.
Prosecutors said the spying occurred months after suicide bombers attacked the U.S.S. Cole, an American warship, during a refueling stop in Yemen in October 2000, killing 17 sailors and injuring dozens.
Charges were brought in Connecticut because Azzam websites were hosted for a time on servers in the state.
Prosecutors said Abujihaad sent e-mails to members of Azzam while he was on active duty in the Middle East and stationed aboard the U.S.S. Benfold, a ship in the battle group whose movements were disclosed.
The e-mails were recovered in December 2003 when British police searched the London home of Babar Ahmad, a British citizen linked to Azzam.
Aside from details of the warships' movements, a document Abujihaad is accused of leaking went on to discuss the group's perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack, prosecutors said.
The e-mails were said to include discussions of videos Abujihaad ordered from Azzam that promoted violent holy war, or jihad, and a small donation he made to the organization.
At the trial, prosecutors submitted evidence that Abujihaad's Navy e-mail account was saved in an Azzam online address book and also produced court-authorized wiretap recordings in which Abujihaad was accused of speaking in code to refer to jihad.
Abujihaad described a force-protection briefing given aboard his ship, "voiced enmity" toward America and praised al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, prosecutors said.
One e-mail lauded the Cole attack, which Abujihaad described as a "martyrdom operation" and advised Azzam that such tactics were working and taking their toll.
Authorities said Azzam responded with an e-mail encouraging Abujihaad to "keep up ... the psychological warfare." Abujihaad was discharged from active duty from the U.S. Navy in January 2002, authorities said.
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