The Times claims that he was a close associate of
Earnest James Ujaama. In the US in April 2003, James Ujaama pleaded
guilty to charges of conspiring to support the Taliban. Ujaama and
Abu Hamza and Haroon Rashid Aswat were involved in trying to set up
a jihadi training camp in Bly, Oregon.The man, James Ujaama, 38, who was arrested in July
2002, was indicted on two charges: conspiring to set up a terrorist
training camp in Bly and using a firearm to further the conspiracy.
Ujaama also admitted that between June 2000 and
December 19, 2001, he had attempted to raise funds for, and to
provide assistance to, terrorists in Afghanistan.
Eight of the eleven counts of the US extradition
order against Hamza refer to his involvement with Ujaama and others
in the setting up of a training camp at Dog Cry Ranch in Bly, a
hamlet 50 miles east of Klamath Falls in Klamath County, Oregon.
Earnest James Ujaama, who went under the alias of "Bilal
Ahmed", Abu Samayya, and Abdul Qaadir, was born Earnest James
Thompson in Denver, Colorado, in 1966. His family moved to Seattle,
Washington state, when he was five years old. He attended Ingraham
High School in North Seattle. While still a student, Ujaama
displayed entrepreneurial spirit, running a home-maintenance
business. Aged 20, he worked with his younger brother Jon (Mustafa)
in a business which sent its profits to children in Ethiopia.
James Ujaama became strongly involved with
Dar-us-Salaam mosque at 2211 Union Street, Seattle. This had started
its existence in the early 1990s as the Yasin mosque, based at a
small shop-front in East Cherry Street.
The Dar-us-Salaam mosque - since closed down - prided
itself on taking young black people with prostitution and drug
habits to come to the mosque and "reform" themselves. Despite this,
the mosque's leadership was not as upright as it claimed. Mustafa
Ujaama stated: "The FBI had been on us since '95, when we hooked up
with Imam Jamil [Al-Amin]." This individual was the former Black
Panther H. Rap Brown. It is alleged that the Ujaamas' father had
ties with the Black Panthers.