- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002

SEATTLE (AP) A Seattle man indicted on gun and terrorism charges praises life in Afghanistan under the Islamist Taliban regime and calls Western society a den of iniquity run by "our enemies" in a videotape obtained by a newspaper.
"There are many Muslims who have forgotten that the Jews and Christians are our enemies," James Ujaama said in a videotaped forum on Afghanistan apparently held in Britain sometime before the September 11 attacks.
Ujaama was indicted in August on a federal firearms charge and a charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors say he led a conspiracy in 1999 to set up a jihad training camp in Bly, Ore.
The video was obtained by the Seattle Times, which published a description of it yesterday. In it, Ujaama introduced British cleric Abu Hamza, whom federal prosecutors have targeted for indictment on terrorism charges.
In the video, Ujaama and Hamza urged Muslims to move to Afghanistan, build villages, attend military training camps and support the Taliban. Ujaama said that in a visit to Afghanistan he witnessed a society free of the public sexuality of the West.
"Because when you're walking down the street and you see billboards that are full of nudity, how can you have a happy life, with this type of glorified prostitution and where they legalize homosexuality," he said to the audience of about 50.
Ujaama also said Muslim leaders around the world have been framed.
His examples included Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind sheik serving a life sentence for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Osama bin Laden, who even before the September 11 attacks had been indicted in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 12 Americans and more than 200 Africans.
The tape casts doubt on prosecutors' assertion that Ujaama traveled to Afghanistan to attend a training camp run by the al Qaeda terrorist organization. In it, Ujaama says he did not attend jihad training while in Afghanistan, though he added, "I wish I had."


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