Imam Jamil: Law enforcement agents stone-walling on defense motions

Category: Americas, World Affairs Topics: Crime And Justice Views: 2785


This motion by the Defense is to reveal Confidential Informants/Sources used in the apprehending of Imam Jamil Al-Amin. In an attempt to disclose the existence, if any, of Confidential Informants/Sources, Defense Attorney Jack Martin called to the stand, Theodore (Ted) Jackson, Special Agent-in-charge of the Atlanta field office of the FBI. When asked was he (Jackson) aware of any ongoing investigation of Imam Jamil Al-Amin, Jackson was prompted by Mr Geoffrey Shellnut (US Attorney - Atlanta Office) to answer: "outside the scope of my testimony". Subsequently, Shellnut prompted Jackson to give the same answer to several other questions. Therefore, Jackson proceeded to either refuse to answer or to "stonewall" Attorney Martin's questions. When Jackson was asked about Imam Jamil Al-Amin being investigated under the COINTELPRO Program, he became agitated and responded in an arrogant and non-professional manner.

In an attempt by Attorney Martin to ascertain whether there was an ongoing investigation of Imam Jamil Al-Amin or the Mosque in March, 2000, as alleged by Bill Gant, on June 4, 2001, John C. Killorin, Special Agent in charge of the ATF and FBI Special Agent Jack Wagnon were called to the stand. John C. Killorin testified that the ATF's investigation into Imam Jamil Al-Amin ended in 1996, whereby, the ATF's sole activity in the investigation was to trace firearms and provide support services. The ATF employed no Confidential Informants around March, 2000 nor subsequently. Jack Wagnon testified that from June, 1995 until March, 1996, his participation into an investigation of Imam Jamil Al-Amin was that of surveillance. When asked by Attorney Martin was there an active investigation of Imam Jamil or the Mosque in March 2000,he indicated there was none before March 16,2000 nor after this date. Jack Wagnon responses are of special note because on June 4, 2001, Bill Gant testified that he turned his investigation of Imam Jamil Al-Amin over to Jack Wagnon.

Ed Decosta, Acting Chief Deputy of the US Marshals took the stand and further testified that in his investigation his people did not contact any Confidential Informants nor Sources; his people solely assisted the FBI in locating Imam Jamil Al-Amin.


This motion by the Defense is to Disclose Electronic Surveillance used in locating Imam Jamil Al-Amin. US Attorney Geoffrey Shellnut (Atlanta Office) testified that there was a lone Confidential Source who had telephone conversation with Imam Jamil Al-Amin between March 16th and March 20th, 2000, and that there were no other "Sources". To date, Mr. Shellnut has not provided this wire-tap.

  Category: Americas, World Affairs
  Topics: Crime And Justice
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