"O Allah, Free the Muslim Prisoners."
(Inspire Magazine 2010)
|An Inmate Being Released from Prison|
Radical Islamic organizations such as al-Qaida and ISIS never forget their members. To them, going to prison is part of the pathway to paradise. Both groups' leaders, Ayman al-Zawahri and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, spent considerable periods of time locked up. It did nothing to diminish their zeal, but rather, fueled their fervor. Often, as in their cases, what comes out of prison is worse than what went in.
The old adage, "Out of sight, out of mind" does not apply to dealing effectively with the threat of Islamism especially in the case of terrorists who have been captured or incarcerated.
This is further illustrated by the increased number of terrorists released from Guantanamo who rejoin the fight against U.S. military personnel. Almost one in three released prisoners return to the jihadists' fold. This recidivism can be attributed in part to the admonitions terrorists receive to assist those who are captured or imprisoned. That support may include financial help for their families and for legal fees..
These instructions were found in a training manual discovered in 2000 by law enforcement officers in Manchester, England.
"I take this opportunity to address our prisoners. We have not forgotten you," "We are still committed to the debt of your salvation . . . until we shatter your shackles"
Ayman al-Zawahiri uttered these words in an interview with Al Shabab in 2005 commemorating the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
AQAP's Inspire magazine went so far as to list the names of incarcerated members for all to remember.
They do this because jihadis firmly believe that sooner or later they'll be reunited with those members.
If that isn't ominous enough, consider the fact that as many as 100 people convicted of terror-related offenses in U.S. prisons will be set free in less than four years.
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