GREENBELT, Md. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a former security
guard at Andrews Air Force Base was trying to conceal his ties to a
controversial Washington imam when he failed to put his Muslim name
on a job application.
Federal court jurors in suburban Washington have begun hearing
the case against Darrick Jackson, who failed to list ``Abdul-Jalil
Mohammed'' as an alias on an application for a job at the base
which is home to Air Force One.
Jackson's attorney says his client used the Mohammed name only
while at mosque or with Muslim friends, and that he didn't consider
it a true alias that he needed to disclose. He blasted the
government for prosecuting what he called ``an innocent omission.''
Jackson is charged with making a false statement and could face
five years in prison if convicted.