A former Islamic extremist has been hired by George Washington State University to work at it’s Center on Homeland Security.
Jesse Morton, who was once known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad when he was an Al-Qaeda recruiter, was hired by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security to bring a “unique perspective” to counter-terrorism work.
Morton, who once denounced the United States and made threats towards the creators of South Park for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit in one of the show’s episodes is believed to be the first of his kind in the United States though reformed extremists have worked at universities around Europe to help fight terrorism.
Hughes said before he made the hiring decision, he had discussed Morton with the lawyers who prosecuted him, the FBI, and leaders in the security community. He said he’s sure Morton is completely reformed from the days he served time in a federal prison after inciting people to join a terrorist organization.
Morton would not be working directly to reform extremists at the University, nor will he be teaching according to Hughes, instead he will focus on research and writing.
Morton knows he has to earn the trust of the public and the George Washington community. “This is an opportunity for me to make amends, to some degree” he said. “I realize that I was completely wrong in my perspectives.”