Hassan Abu-Jihad -How a Muslim convert and US Navy sailor became a terror suspect
February 26, 2008
The 'Unremarkable' Life Of A Sailor Turned Terror Suspect
February 24, 2008
Dec. 24, 1975: Hassan Abu-jihaad, then named Paul R. Hall, is born.
1995: Hall converts to Islam, legally changing his name to Abu-jihaad, which means "father of jihad."
December 1997: Abu-jihaad enlists in the Navy.
Jan. 6, 1998: Abu-jihaad gains "secret" security clearance.
Late 2000: Abu-jihaad allegedly begins an e-mail correspondence with those at a collection of websites in London run by Azzam Publications. Some e-mail allegedly originates aboard his ship, the USS Benfold, which becomes part of the Constellation Battle Group.
March 2001: Classified Navy ship movements, eventually dubbed the battle group document, allegedly are transmitted by Abu-jihaad to Azzam.
Spring 2001: The Constellation Battle Group leaves
July 2001: Abu-jihaad allegedly e-mails Azzam regarding the military reaction to the October 2000 terror attack on the USS Cole. The e-mail says the attack has caused "psychological anxiety" to "set in on America's forces everywhere."
Jan 25, 2002: Abu-jihaad is discharged from the Navy and settles in Phoenix.
2003: Abu-jihaad befriends Derrick Shareef at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Shareef lives in Abu-jihaad's Phoenix home for about seven months. The FBI says they began discussing "the terms and justification for jihad."
December 2003: British officials find the battle group document while searching a London house belonging to the parents of Babar Ahmad, one of two men who run Azzam.
Oct. 6, 2004: A federal grand jury in Bridgeport indicts Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, both British citizens, along with Azzam Publications, on charges of providing support to terrorists.
Late 2004: Shareef moves to the
September 2006: Shareef befriends Muslim convert William Chrisman in suburban Chicago. Unbeknownst to Shareef, Chrisman is an FBI informant. Shareef introduces Chrisman to Abu-jihaad. Authorities say they then link Abu-jihaad, through recorded conversations, to the battle group document and plans to mount terror attacks.
Nov. 22, 2006: The FBI records Abu-jihaad and an "associate" discussing a video depicting an Iraqi insurgent known as the "Juba sniper" killing U.S. military personnel.
Dec. 6, 2006: Shareef is arrested and charged with conspiring to attack Christmas shoppers with hand grenades at a suburban Chicago shopping mall.
March 7, 2007: Abu-jihaad is arrested in Phoenix and charged with supporting terrorism with an intent to kill U.S. citizens and transmitting classified information to unauthorized people.
Feb. 25, 2008: Abu-jihaad's trial in U.S. District Court scheduled to begin.