George Washington University was looking for a national security expert to join their faculty… and thought ‘who better to aide in Homeland Security than a former al Qaeda recruiter for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group?’

Who better? Just about anybody.

George Washington University, in Washington D.C., hired the ‘former’ Islamic extremist, Jesse Morton (AKA Younus Abdullah Muhammad), to teach homeland security because he can help reach “individuals … going down the path of radicalization.”

Via CNN:

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George Washington University has hired a former Islamic extremist to work at its center on homeland security — a man who once denounced the United States and made threats against the creators of the TV series “South Park” for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.

While reformed extremists have worked at universities in Europe to help fight terrorism, this is believed to be a first in the United States.

Jesse Morton, who was known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad when he was a recruiter for the al-Qaeda, brings a “unique perspective” to counter-terrorism work, said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.

“We haven’t figured out how to reach that individual who’s going down the path of radicalization,” Hughes said. “Jesse has been in that world and got out of that world.”

What’s next, Anthony Weiner as an expert on preventing cyber-predators? Bill Clinton doling out marital advice?

“I trust him,” Hughes said of Morton. “We did our due diligence.”

Morton was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison, of which he served less than three.

Morton and Zachary Chesser used their Revolution Muslim website to incite violence on the South Park creators for disparaging the prophet Mohammad, including listing their home addresses and encouraging members to ‘pay them a visit.’

Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim,” a statement from U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride at the time said, “but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Morton’s organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security.”

Now, he’s an ‘expert’ on national security. Go figure.


Cross-posted at the Political Insider