Why would anyone want to allow radicalization in prison to be any easier than it already is?
Foolishness at the BOP: Allowing a Terrorist to Radicalize Others
by *Patrick Dunleavy
December 29, 2017
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. That saying may best describe the Federal Bureau of Prisons administrators who operate the New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). How foolish were they? Well, they gave the inmates there the blueprints to make a bomb. And if that wasn’t stupid enough, they also gave them radical Islamic literature by noted terrorists Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. These were no ordinary inmates who had all this material while in custody. One was an ISIS sympathizer, one was an al-Shabaab member, and another was convicted of attacking U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.
How did this fiasco occur you ask, as if this storyline couldn’t get any worse? The materials were distributed by convicted terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahimi, better known as the Chelsea Bomber. Rahimi was in MCC awaiting sentencing in January after he was convicted of setting off two improvised explosive devices in 2016, one in New York and one in New Jersey. A third device set by Rahimi failed to detonate. The bomb that exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City injured more than a dozen people. Luckily, no one was killed.
This egregious breach in prison security protocol was outlined last week in a letter from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, Southern District of New York, to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman. Among the security breaches Kim informed the court of was that Rahimi was “attempting to radicalize fellow inmates” other inmates. Investigators found the radical literature on Rahimi’s electronic devices, and he received copies back during the discovery process.
It is no surprise to learn that terrorists radicalize other inmates. …/
(IPT Sr. Fellow Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad. He currently teaches a class on terrorism for the United States Military Special Operations School.)
Should this be any surprise? Why are the prisons allowing or looking the other way at this? You would think material like that must be strictly prohibited and impossible to get.
Radicalizing other inmates is not a new phenomena. Sounds like another dep of justice issue that should have a red flag on it. And who knew prisoners had electronic devices? What’s that about? You know MSM isn’t going to talk about it.