The imam in question is Imam Musa, the Washington, D.C., Muslim leader who wants to establish an “Islamic State of North America” no later than 2050.
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) “” A former security guard at Andrews Air Force Base who failed to put his Muslim name on a job application was trying to conceal his ties to a controversial Washington imam, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
U.S. District Court jurors began hearing the case against Darrick Michael Jackson, who failed to list “Abdul-Jalil Mohammed” as an alias on an application for a job at the suburban Washington base, home to Air Force One.
Jackson’s attorney, David Chamble, said that Jackson used the Mohammed name only while at mosque or with Muslim friends, and that he didn’t consider it a true alias that he needed to disclose. Chamble called it “an innocent omission” and excoriated the government for pursing criminal charges against Jackson.
Jackson is charged with making a false statement and could face five years in prison if convicted.
He already was a security guard at Andrews when he reapplied in 2005 after the contract for security at the base changed. He had to fill out a federal form, which asked whether he had any aliases.
At the time, he was affiliated with the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in southeast Washington, which is led by a fiery imam named Abdul Alim Musa. Musa is not on trial in the case, but prosecutors said Jackson tried to hide his ties to Musa and the mosque to avoid an investigation that might have led to the denial of his application.
Federal prosecutor David Salem told jurors, without elaborating, that Musa “has made some inflammatory statements about the United States.” He told jurors the government was not pursuing the case because of Jackson’s religion….