PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A jailed terrorist's plan to set up training camp in Oregon failed largely due to ineptitude, court documents in the case suggest.
Oussama Kassir was sentenced to life imprisonment this year, with two co-defendants awaiting extradition to the United States. Documents made available from the case reveal details that portray an inept series of mistakes in what was supposed to be an Islamic fighter training base, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Sunday.
The newspaper said a Seattle man who set up the camp in 1999, a petty crook from Seattle named James Ujaama, envisioned the camp as an Islamic time share in which he would sell visits to foreign Muslims. But it later turned into a more serious matter when he pitched a training camp to London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri, who sent Kassir to Oregon, documents indicate.
Instead of advanced weaponry promised by Ujaama, Kassir got one pistol and a .22-caliber rifle, the Oregonian said. And instead of Muslim recruits he got a mentally impaired 18-year-old and two women interested in canning jars.