Former US Sailor, Hassan Abujihaad, Arrested on Terror Charges
A former US sailor was arrested today for giving secrets to Al Qaeda.
Hassan Abujihaad, a convert to Islam, was involved in a plot to kill US citizens in 2001. Abujihaad praised Osama bin Laden and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole and said such tactics were working and taking their toll. (12 News)
A former US sailor Hassan Abujihaad, also known as Paul R. Hall, was arrested for giving secrets to Al Qaeda.
A former Navy sailor was arrested on terrorism charges Wednesday for alleging mishandling classified information that ended up in the hands of a suspected terrorism financier.
Hassan Abujihaad, 31, of 15449 N. 25th Avenue, Apt. #2025, Phoenix, was arrested in a case that began in Connecticut and has stretched across the country and into Europe and the Middle East.
Abujihaad, who is also known as Paul R. Hall, is charged in the same case as Babar Ahmad, a British computer specialist accused of running Web sites to raise money for terrorism. He is schedule be extradited to the U.S. to face trial.
Babar Ahmad in Great Britain
During the Ahmad investigation, investigators discovered computer 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 Wednesday. He allegedly purchased videos promoting violent jihad.
12 News Phoenix has more including video on “Hall’s” arrest.