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Reformed extremists have been known to work for other universities in other countries, but this appears to be a first for the United States.
While working with the terrorist group, Morton owned a website called “Revolution Muslim” that identified and recruited new members. He used the website to instruct individuals how to take part in acts of violence against the U.S. He ran it out of his apartment in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at GWU said that they weren’t able to reach people that were becoming radicalized, but Morton could be helpful in that aspect.
“We haven’t figured out how to reach that individual who’s going down the path of radicalization,” Hughes told CNN. “Jesse has been in that world and got out of that world.”
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
Shouldn't such a terrorist recruiter have been put in jail for treason even after giving up his ways? I can see the logic involved, but seriously, why is this guy allowed to go free and given such a job after pulling that crap?
In 2012, Morton was arrested and was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after making threats against the South Park creators who depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
While in prison, Morton spent a lot of time studying the works of Enlightenment philosophers such as John Locke and American thinkers such as Thomas Payne,
“In Locke, I found tolerance and secularism. In Rousseau’s social contract, I saw the value of democracy,” Morton told CNN.
While in prison, he met an FBI agent that treated him differently than other law enforcement officers and treated him with “respect,” changing his views that the “U.S. government was evil.”
He was released from prison in February, 2o15 and has worked with the FBI on “high profile cases,” Hughes told CNN.