An ex Al-Qaeda propagandist Jesse Morton, earlier know as Younus Abdullah Muhammad who had vowed to terrorize Kaafirs (Unbelievers) of America and destroy them by Jihad has been hired by George Washington University to research on Homeland Security.
This is the first instance when a ‘de-radicalized’ Islamist has been offered this job. According to a report of the New York Times, he has been hired as a researcher by George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
When questioned whether Americans would trust him or not, he replied, “As many people as may have traveled, or may have committed criminal acts, because of my words, I hope that I can deter just as many,” and also said, “I may never be able to repair the damage that I have done, but I think I can at least try.”
He even launched a propaganda website called ‘Revolution Muslim’ when he started studying at Columbia University in 2007, which also featured audio recordings of Osama bin Laden.
He was arrested in Morocco by the authorities and later handed to the US after which he was sentenced. While in prison, he read the works of European thinkers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke which changed his ideology and ‘de-radicalized’ his thinking. According to CNN he later met an FBI agent who changed his life completely.
He was released in 2015 and has worked on three high-profile cases with the FBI.
However, it is not uncommon for the CIA to share intelligence with “moderate terrorists” in the West Asia in the past two decades, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
The most recent of which has been the infamous failed deployment of US trained insurgents in Syria, with weapons and intelligence which then landed into the hands of ISIS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply questioned American Administration’s indirect and direct support of the “mercenaries” in Syria and Iraq by allowing their allies to facilitate the flow of “weapons”, “oil” and “salary” through ISIS, saying, “Who armed them(ISIS)? Who armed the opposition fighting against Assad (Syrian President)?” he further questioned, “So you (America) support and arm them, and tomorrow they join ISIS.”
It is interesting to remind that retired US Army Lieutenant General, Michael T. Flynn, once said in an interview with Al-jazeera that the Obama administration “turned a blind eye” to a DIA report that predicted “an undeclared Salafist principality rising in eastern Syria”. Furthermore, in an interview with CNN, General Wesley Clark, former US General and Supreme Allied Commander of Nato explicitly said that “ISIS got started by funding from our Friends and Allies… to defeat Hezbollah – (a Lebanese Nationalist Movement)”.
Given these records, such moves by American academic institutions to hire ‘de-radicalized’ terrorists are softened ones amidst two decades of American presence in West Asia and the unprecedented rise of extremism in the region.