Friday, August 3, 2018

Returning ISIS Fighters Present a Challenge to Authorities

As the United States and its coalition partners continue to squeeze ISIS out of its remaining territory in Iraq and Syria, more and more foreign fighters are returning to their home countries. This migration from the battlefield to the hometown is causing great concern among Western counterterrorism authorities. The question on everyone's mind is how long before the returning jihadists unleash an attack on their own countries.  A new study recommends immediate intervention for returning foreign jihadis to prevent them from attacking at home. The same programs are needed for a growing list of jihadis who are about to complete prison terms and be released.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Another Terrorist Sues the Bureau of Prison for "Rights"

Does a terrorist merit rights from the government they once tried to destroy by killing innocent men, women, and children? Do they deserve special treatment because of their twisted religious beliefs? Add convicted terrorist Rafiq Sabir to the growing list of incarcerated radical Islamic terrorists who are suing the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for allegedly violating their rights. Sabir is serving a 25 year sentence after a 2007 conviction for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida. Sabir's attorneys argued "that he was a gullible man" and only pretended to pledge bayat to al-Qaida to impress someone. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska saw it differently. She felt that Sabir lacked remorse and imposed the stricter sentence to deter others who would seek to join a terrorist organization. Sabir, an inmate in FCI Danbury, now claims that he has the right to meet with other Muslim inmates anywhere and anytime in the prison. He claims that right under the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) The case is an example of how terrorists, once captured and incarcerated, learn how to manipulate the system, by using the courts to claim "rights" from a government they were all too eager to overthrow. The more time terrorists spend in prison, the more likely they are to become "jailwise," that is, knowing how to exploit the system for all they can get. They learn how to using the legal system to advance their cause. They also find a sympathetic ear and support from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Muslim Advocates, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or the Human Rights Commission. Recently "Underwear Bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab filed a similar lawsuit. Not only are his religious rights being violated, the suit claims, but the conditions of his confinement "prohibit him from having any communication whatsoever with more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of people on the planet."                                                                   Talk about the theater of the absurd!

When terrorists tout their "rights," they make a mockery of justice and insult the memories of the fallen.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Career Criminal Radicalized in Prison Kills Two Police Officers in Belgium

The recent Belgian terror attack demonstrates the reoccurring pattern of Islamic terror plots carried out by individuals radicalized in prison. Benjamin Herman was a career criminal on a temporary release program from prison. Hours after being released, he stabbed two Liege police officers and then executed them in cold blood with their own service weapons. Herman also shot and killed Cyril Vangriecken, a 22-year-old school custodian. He is suspected of having murdered a fourth individual, Michael Wilmet, a former prison cellmate, prior to the attack on the police officers. Liege terrorist' gunman, Herman, was released two days after a prison guard warned officials that he was radicalized. The list of recent terror cases involving ex-cons continues to grow and includes cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, and yes, here in the United States as well.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

America Needs a National Registry for Convicted Terrorists

What happens when a terrorist is released from prison? Without a viable post-release program, terrorists who complete their sentences could just be dropped off at a gas station and told to take a bus somewhere. That’s exactly what happen to Shaker Masri after serving seven years in prison for attempting to travel to Somalia and join al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda affiliate. If that is not alarming enough consider that domestic terrorist Herman Bell, responsible for killing two NYPD officers and a SFPD Sergeant, is a free man, walking the streets. And if a New York judge has his way, fellow terrorist Judith Clarke will be free as well. This raises an increasingly important question:
How many more convicted terrorists are already out there?           Current law requires that a community be alerted if a convicted sex offender, is released but keeps citizens and local law enforcement in the dark when a convicted terrorist is set free in that same community.                                                                                  Since 2001, approximately 300 convicted terrorists have been released. Where are they now? How many have re-offended? We simply do not know, and within the next two years, more terrorists will be released including American Taliban John Walker Lindh, and Kevin James, who plotted to attack military institutions and Jewish religious centers. Creating a national terrorist offender registry that would take the information from all participating criminal justice agencies and placing it in one repository within the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which currently manages the National Sex Offender Registry, would be a viable solution to the current problem.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding Terrorists

Tuesday April 17 was the due date for 2017 federal income tax returns – your deadline for tallying up how much of the money that you worked hard to earn all year goes to Uncle Sam to fund all sorts of important and worthwhile projects … like supporting the families of terrorist murderers.
                                   
 Yes, you read that right.

U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority – paid for by your tax dollars – averages $400 million a year. The Palestinian Authority’s 2018 budget includes approximately $360 million to support imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists – including murderers of Israelis and Americans.

These payments make about as much sense as having American taxpayers send monthly support checks to the families of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists or the family of the Las Vegas gunman who murdered 58 people last year.   
The U.S. funds do not go directly to the Palestinian terrorists and their families. But your tax dollars pay for other projects that enable the Palestinian Authority to divert $360 million for its terrorist support program.

The average Palestinian makes about $300 a month. A Palestinian terrorist in prison is paid between $368 a month for those sentenced to less than three years, rising to $3,400 month for those serving at least 30 years and for the families of dead terrorists.

One has to question a culture that makes it more profitable for its people, including its youth, to die while killing civilians than to live. Some would call that philosophy self-inflicted genocide. 

In recent years, the Palestinian Authority hid its line item budget for terrorist payments. This year, however, when faced with the possibility of U.S. congressional action to withhold aid, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not only placed it openly in the 2018 budget – he defiantly thumbed his nose in the face of the American taxpayer.
Abbas stated in January: "There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop – the salaries of the martyrs and the martyrs' families. Of course we categorically reject this. We will not under any circumstances allow anyone to harm the families of prisoners, the wounded, and the martyrs. They are our children and they are our families. They honor us, and we will continue to pay them before the living."  

President Trump signed the Taylor Force Act into law March 23. It is named after a U.S. citizen killed by a Palestinian terrorist during a March 2016 attack in Jaffa. Taylor Force was a former U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate who had served honorably in Afghanistan and Iraq, heroically risking his life in defense of America.
The Taylor Force Act directs the State Department to certify that the Palestinian Authority has ceased payments to terrorists and their families and to report to Congress any violations. Congress is then legally required to withhold funds until the egregious violations are corrected.
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