George Washington University has hired a former Al-Qaeda recruiter and propagandist to work as a Research Fellow at its Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.
Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at the center, told CNN that Jesse Morton, formerly known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad, brings a “unique perspective” to counter-terrorism work and could help “reach that individual who’s going down the path of radicalization.”
“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.”
He told CNN that the decision to hire Morton involved talks with the FBI, leaders in the security community, and the lawyers that prosecuted Morton from 2011 to 2012.
Hughes added that Morton is a new man, reformed after his time in federal prison.
“I trust him,” he said. “We did our due diligence.”
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