Father of terror suspect: 'FBI brainwashed my son'

Associated Press
FILE - This file image released Nov. 27, 2010, by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud.  An attorney for Mohamed Osman Mohamud,a terrorism suspect,  tried to draw into question the accuracy and selectiveness of the written records made by an FBI agent who headed up the undercover investigation into her client on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The records are crucial to establishing the initial face-to-face contact between the suspect, Mohamed Mohamud, and an undercover agent posing as a jihadi. The FBI has said the undercover agent attempted to tape-record the original face-to-face meeting with Mohamud on July 30, 2010, but the battery in his recording device failed. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, file)
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FILE - This file image released Nov. 27, 2010, by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud. An attorney for Mohamed Osman Mohamud,a terrorism suspect, tried to draw into question the accuracy and selectiveness of the written records made by an FBI agent who headed up the undercover investigation into her client on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The records are crucial to establishing the initial face-to-face contact between the suspect, Mohamed Mohamud, and an undercover agent posing as a jihadi. The FBI has said the undercover agent attempted to tape-record the original face-to-face meeting with Mohamud on July 30, 2010, but the battery in his recording device failed. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The father of an Oregon terrorism suspect says his then-teenage son was suffering an identity crisis and enduring a troubled home life when the FBI "brainwashed" him.

Osman Barre (OHS'-man BAR'-ee), the father of Somali-American terrorism suspect Mohamed Mohamud, testified Monday that he was concerned for his son's safety when he contacted the FBI in 2009.

Barre says Mohamud told him he was planning to fly to Yemen to learn Arabic.

Barre says contemporary news accounts of Somali-American teenagers joining the mujahedeen in Somalia persuaded him to contact the FBI and say he feared his son was being brainwashed by al-Qaida recruiters.

But Barre said Monday he now thinks it was an elaborate FBI sting that brainwashed his son.

Prosecutors rested their case Monday. Barre was the first defense witness.

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