Sunday, December 02, 2007


"William Chrisman had three wives and nine children to support, he had a felony criminal record, and he struggled with panic attacks," reported AP on recent pre-trial hearings in the case again Hassan Abujihaad. In a subsequent reprint at the Post, journalistic practice has had the result of glossing over Chrisman's creepy social life with "three wives" by "common law" and his attempt to add a fourth to his stable.

Identified alternately as William Chrisman and Jameel Chrisman in news stories, the man is an FBI informant in the terror case involving Abujihaad's e-mails in 2001 to Azzam Publications run by Babar Ahmad.

"Nevertheless, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, [Chrisman] was determined to assist the federal government," the Associated Press continued.

"[Chrisman] became an informant for the FBI, and his work helped authorities charge two men -- both Muslim converts, like Chrisman -- who were suspected of supporting terrorism."

"The role of Chrisman, 34, a former gang member, was revealed last week during a two-day hearing to determine what evidence can be admitted when Abujihaad's trial begins in February.

"Chrisman left gang life more than a decade ago and converted to Islam while in prison for attempted armed robbery and possession of a stolen car. Now a sheep farmer in Illinois, Chrisman said that he had wanted to join the military since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, but that his criminal record prevented him from enlisting. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he walked into an FBI office and offered his services.

"Since then, he has helped out on several cases."

Your friendly neighborhood GlobalSecurity.Org Senior Fellow logged onto PACER and could not immediately find any criminal court files on William or Jameel Chrisman. The database being what it is and knowing vagaries in spelling in journalism, it is possible DD simply missed them. One supposes it is also possible the FBI had them removed as a precaution because of Chrisman's role as a paid informant.

"Prosecutors are seeking to introduce evidence of the [alleged terror plot] for the trial, set for next month," reported the Los Angeles Times, last week. "That evidence includes wiretaps, statements from [William Chrisman] -- himself a central participant in the alleged conspiracy -- and 'efforts to obtain weapons and ammunition in connection with the proposed sniper attack ...'"

The alert reader will note that parts of the case carry a strong scent of entrapment, propagated by the FBI's informant, Chrisman, a former felon and gang member possibly motivated -- common sense would seem to dictate -- more by a desire for cash money to support his unusual fetish for common law "wives" than, uh, patriotism.

The original accusations against Hasan Abujihaad stem from e-mails the ex-Navy signalman made while serving aboard the destroyer Benfold in 2001. They eventually resulted in an indictment on terror charges discussed last week and in other publications here.

The US government has slowly nursed the Abujihaad case, positioning Chrisman as an informant while surveilling the defendant.

It should be noted that during the time period from 2001 to 2006, Abujihaad never accumulated any materials for the carrying out of bombing and sniper attacks, or any obvious terror plans. It is only the discussion of such plots, with Chrisman -- the informant, and another man who has already pled guilty, Derrick Shareef, which the government is trying to have included as evidence.

If any readers have retrieved William Chrisman's criminal jackets from the court system, they are invited to send it to your friendly neighborhood GlobalSecurity.Org Senior Fellow for discussion and posting. Your anonymity is guaranteed.

AP profile on William Chrisman.

"A case of terror or entrapment?" wrote the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

This in a report on the terror trial of the Liberty City Seven.

"A federal prosecutor urged a jury Thursday to convict seven Miami men on terrorism conspiracy charges for an alleged plot to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower, saying they offered themselves as a readymade cell to a man they believed was an emissary of al Qaeda," wrote reporter Carol J. Williams for the Times.

"But defense attorneys for two of the men on trial called the case an outrageous example of government entrapment in which the men pledged allegiance to al Qaeda and promised to commit criminal acts in hopes of getting $50,000. The men had neither the will nor the means to carry out the crimes, the lawyers said.

" ' Like we don't have enough people to do harm to the United States that we have to fabricate a crime!,' Ana Jhones, attorney for alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, said in her closing argument to the jury..."

"[One defense attorney, Roderick Vereen] challenged jurors to find one comment in the volumes of evidence to suggest his client planned to take part in any criminal acts ... Vereen described undercover operative [Abbas al Saidi] as a 'clumsy liar' who had traded in illegal weapons before his latest undercover gig and [another informant -- Elie Assad] as a dubious character denied entry in Mexico, Syria and Yemen."

"[Informant Al Saidi], a Liberty City shopkeeper, raised the terror plot allegations only because he needed a fresh undercover assignment, said defense attorney Jhones.

"The two men [Al Saidi and Assad] earned more than $310,000 plus hotel lodging and expenses for their services in the case, she told jurors."

Blog readers will note that Hasan Abujihaad, as well as the Liberty City 7, are African Americans.

Liberty City 7 case at the Los Angeles Times.


Blogger Winter Patriot said...

Thanks for all this good stuff, George.

You may find this post interesting:

Burned! Meet William Chrisman, FBI Entrapment Specialist


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