Jesse Morton, the Pennsylvania man who was once a recruiter for al-Qaeda, has taken a job at the George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, reports CNN.
According to the New York Times, when he was active with the terrorist group, one of his main means of identifying and cultivating members was his website, Revolution Muslim.
Morton also used the platform to provide instructions on how to carry out acts of violence against the U.S. and, sometimes, specific individuals.
In 2012, he landed in jail for making threats against the South Park creators, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear costume.
According to him, he abandoned his extremist ideologies while in prison, a change that came in large part through reading works by philosophers of the Enlightenment.
Morton said, "In Locke, I found tolerance and secularism. In Rousseau's social contract, I saw the value of democracy."
Now, George Washington University is looking to him to help battle terrorism, notes PBS.
In regards to his past, Morgan told the New York Times, "As many people as may have traveled, or may have committed criminal acts, because of my words, I hope that I can deter just as many. I may never be able to repair the damage that I have done, but I think I can at least try."
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FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Twelve years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein, the country is still mired in war. The latest phase: An existential battle against Islamic State group militants. For Iraqis, it feels like one long war, one that many blame on the United States. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)
** FILE ** Shown on a computer screen is a frame grab from a DVD prepeared by Al-Sahab production showing al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahari delivering his address seen in Islamabad, Pakistan, shown June 20, 2006. When four Islamic radicals blew themselves and dozens of innocent commuters up on the London transportation system on July 7, 2005, it took nearly a month for al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri to release a comment, saying in an Aug. 4 video tape that Britain itself was to blame for the carnage. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
FILE - In this May 12, 2014 file image from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaks to the camera. The leader of Nigeriaâs Islamic extremist group Boko Haram denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. In a new video released late Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released. âThe issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,â he said, laughing. âIn this war, there is no going back.â (AP Photo/File)
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