Friday, November 30, 2007

Betrayal Revealed

by Melissa Bailey from New Haven Independent (US: Connecticut)

Recorded conversations procured through Jameel Chrisman’s undercover work are at the center of the pre-trial hearing. The purpose of this week’s hearing is for U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Kravitz to decide whether or not to add the hours of recorded conversations as evidence in an expected trial against former U.S. Navy soldier Hassan Abu-Jihaad (a.k.a Paul R. Hall). The suspect, 31, is facing up to 25 years in prison after being indicted by a grand jury on terrorism and espionage charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges ... Chrisman told the court how he sent Abu-Jihaad Salafi books “to try to gain his trust.” He tried to get Abu-Jihaad to commit to buying assault rifles for an alleged plot the three had been crafting to attack a military barracks in San Diego. Abu-Jihaad agreed to commit “financial and logistical” help, but never paid the money or took the plans to actionable specificity. Abu-Jihaad has admitted to sending emails to London-based Azzam Publications, including one about the USS Cole, but his attorneys counters that “he didn’t admit he told secrets.” They pointed to places in the transcripts where Abu-Jihaad denies wrongful activity, saying “I ain’t no jihadi.”

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