Thursday, October 10, 2019

Federal Court Places Maximum Restrictions on Terrorist Released From Prison

A federal judge imposed strict conditions on released terrorist Kevin James.  U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney rejected the argument by his attorney that the modified conditions would lead James into "social isolation" and "have a detrimental effect on his rehabilitation," 
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Terrorist's Prison Release Shows How Unprepared We Are

Kevin James convicted for plotting a series of jihadist attacks against United States military targets and Jewish synagogues was released from prison early and authorities were not prepared for the consequences. Prosecutors and probation officers are asking a federal judge to impose restrictions on James while he is on probation. Those restrictions include an electronic monitor to track his movement and the power to search him, his home, and his belongings at any time without a warrant.  James's case represents an emerging challenge law enforcement faces as dozens of people convicted of terrorist crimes since the 9/11 attacks complete their prison sentences. Unlike sex offenders or domestic violence offenders for whom Congress has enacted specialized mandatory conditions of supervised release, there are no uniform standards for restrictions on a released terrorist during the subsequent probationary period. And there is no notice given to local communities, alerting them when a terrorist is released.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Confusing Narratives 18 Years After 9/11

Word substitution can be a fun parlor game, but when it comes to defining terrorism it can be both confusing and dangerous. As we remember that dreadful day 18 years ago on September 11th, some have attempted to change the story of what happened and who was responsible.  Conflicting narratives harm the public's perception of what motivates terrorist acts. It obscures the lines that differentiate between violent acts in which the motives remain undetermined, like the Las Vegas shooting, and directed attacks with specific agendas. On 9-11 our nation was attacked and we know who did it.                                       
Think about December 7th, 1941, "a day that will live in infamy." To this day we still acknowledge that it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor. We don't say, "Well maybe this offends the people of Japan, so let's change the narrative to a more palatable term."

September 11th should be the same. We were attacked by radical Islamic terrorists, not violent extremists.

Words matter when it comes to countering the threat and assigning responsibility.

Changing the name accomplishes nothing other than dishonoring the memory of the victims.
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Court Grants Terrorist in Prison A "Right to Privacy"

In the court of the absurd, any fool can be a judge. That appears to be the case in France, where the Versailles Administrative Court has ruled that Islamic terrorist Salah Abdeslam has the right to a private life in prison. Adding insult to injury, the court in Abdeslam's litigation issued an award of €500 Euros – approximately $560 to Abdeslam for his pain and suffering while being monitored.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study Reveals Muslim Prison Gangs a Problem in the UK

One group, radicalized Muslims, dominates the prison system, Britain's Ministry of Justice found in a study into prison gangs released earlier this month.  Operating as a prison gang, the group calls itself the "brotherhood." And while it doesn't appear connected to the Egyptian Islamist movement, it does try to enforce its version of Islamic law on all prisoners regardless of faith. Rules cover personal hygiene and what inmates are allowed to eat in their cell block. Some inmates may be forced to pay a tax to the Muslim brotherhood. The brotherhood was the only group mentioned by staff and prisoners they did not consider there to be any other significant groups of prisoners...Obedience is achieved by violence and intimidation carried out by members of the group known as enforcers. "Those who had committed terrorist crimes often held more senior roles in the gang", the study found.
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