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From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI seizes computers from home of brother of man arrested as material witness t
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 22:13:42 EDT
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 02:13:42 GMT
FBI seizes computers from home of brother of man arrested as material
witness to terrorism Fri Jul 26,12:39 PM ET, by JENNIFER HAMILTON,
Associated Press Writer
(EXCERPT) DENVER - Federal agents on Thursday seized two computers and
two floppy disks from a house where an American Muslim activist had
been staying when he was arrested as a material witness to terrorist
activity, his brother said.
James Ujaama was arrested Monday at his grandmother's home. Mustafa
Ujaama, his brother, said he did not know what was on the disks that
were taken from the home. One of the computers belonged to Mustafa
Ujaama and the other was his son's, he said.
FBI ( news - web sites) spokesman John Lipka confirmed that agents
went to the grandmother's house but would not say why. "We are in
furtherance of an active investigation," he said.
Holding a person as a material witness — someone believed to have
important information — allows federal authorities to keep him in
Federal authorities speaking on condition of anonymity have said
authorities believe James Ujaama, 36, took computer equipment to an
al-Qaida terrorist camp in Afghanistan ( news - web sites). They said
authorities also were investigating whether James Ujaama trained at
Earlier news reports said James Ujaama was taken to Virginia after his
arrest, but his lawyer, Daniel J. Sears, said he was jailed in Denver.
Justice officials would not confirm where he was being held.
Sears said James Ujaama had not been charged with any crime. He said a
hearing has been scheduled to review the legality of the detention,
but he could not say where or when. He said his client is outspoken
and has publicly disagreed with the government on Middle East issues.
"I hope we have not advanced to the point in this country where we are
jailing people because the government may disagree with their
beliefs," Sears said.
Agents arrived at the home at about 5 p.m. and spent about two hours
inside. Mustafa Ujaama said they had a warrant.
The brothers moved to Denver this month from Seattle. Mustafa Ujaama
was detained briefly on Monday when his brother was arrested.
Their aunt, Robin Thompson, stood outside the home during the search.
"They could have done this in Seattle. We are Americans. I don't know
why they're doing this," she said.
The brothers were born James Ernest Thompson and Jon Thompson and grew
up in Seattle. Some community leaders there have credited them with
helping to rid their poor, black neighborhood of drugs and
prostitution by recruiting former gang members and others into the
That now-defunct mosque is being investigated for possible links to
Osama bin Laden.
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