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In Plea Deal, Seattle Activist Admits Conspiring to Aid Taliban

A Muslim convert admitted in federal court in Seattle yesterday that he conspired to aid the deposed Taliban government in Afghanistan, part of a deal with prosecutors that could lead to criminal charges against a radical London cleric linked to al Qaeda. James Ujaama, 36, who was charged last August with attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon, said as part of a plea agreement that he sought to provide “jihad fighters, currency, computers, software, computer disks and other items” to the Taliban, the Afghan rulers who sheltered al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and were crushed by U.S. forces after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ujaama, a well-known African American activist in Seattle whose case had become a local cause célèbre, also agreed to continue cooperating with prosecutors and U.S. intelligence officials by providing information and offering testimony about suspected terrorists. In return, prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison sentence of two years. Full Story

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