Revolution Muslim leader changes tune
by Drew Griffin
New York (CNN) -- He might not be a household name, but Yousef al-Khattab and his Revolution Muslim extremist group have been pivotal in inspiring a wave of homegrown American jihadists over the past three years.
Born Joseph Cohen, this American Jew lived in Israel before converting to Islam. He espoused a radical version of the religion that he preached online and at public rallies.
In a CNN interview last year, he professed his undying love for Osama bin Laden, saying "I love him more than I love myself."
Today, al-Khattab seems to have changed his tune.
He admits that his now defunct Revolution Muslim website became a "bug light for Muslim misfits."
And he says he regrets that his message was taken by some as a justification to attack civilians.
"It was an idiotic thing, looking back on things now," al-Khattab said.
He says terrorists who attack civilians anywhere in the world are "disgusting."
With so many of his followers under arrest, it is unclear whether al-Khattab means what he is saying or is just running scared. Either way, law enforcement sources say the collapse of Revolution Muslim's website and apparent conversion of its founder is a win.
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