George Washington University is defending its decision to hire a former Islamic extremist to help run its Program on Extremism.

Jesse Morton, whose former name was Younus Abdullah Muhammad, spent nearly three years in prison after being convicted of supporting al Qaeda, denouncing the United States and threatening people who spoke negatively of Islam, WTTG-TV reported.

Morton was released from behind bars in February 2015, and both the FBI and the federal prosecutor who helped put Morton away now say he is no longer a risk. GWU was reportedly in contact with the FBI over the past year and received assurances that Morton is not a threat to the campus.


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