It takes just one grouchy sympathizer to carry out a terrorist act in the name of Allah — and America’s prisons are spilling at the seams with Islamo-cozy anarchists.
Fortunately for us, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R–Long Island) is onto them.
King’s June 15 hearing about the threat of Muslim-American radicalization in U.S. prisons sheds due light on an omnipresent problem.
“A number of cases since 9-11 have involved terrorists who converted to Islam or were radicalized to Islamism in American prisons,” remarks the lawmaker.
The facts back him up.
Take the case of Kevin James, who formed the Assembly of Authentic Islam while serving time in California. He also recruited fellow prisoner Levar Washington, who credited the 9–11 attacks with inspiring him to convert to Islam. James ordered Washington to find lawful employment, recruit followers without rap sheets, obtain “pistols with silencers,” and learn bomb-making after he was paroled in 2004.
Washington followed through by recruiting Muslim convert Gregory Patterson and Pakistani Muslim Hammad Samana. He also bought a high-powered .223-caliber rifle, and obtained a shotgun while masterminding a list of possible targets — among them, a Jewish children’s camp in Malibu, Los Angeles International Airport, and a military recruiting station in Santa Monica.
That evil plan was thwarted, but it didn’t stop others from taking the devil’s cue.
Florida jailbird and “dirty-bomb plotter” Jose Padilla used his term in the clink to convert to Islam and meet up with Adham Hassoun, who introduced him to a mosque in Florida run by the father of Adnan Shukrijumah — a U.S.-raised al-Qaeda’s commander with a $5-million bounty on his head. Padilla relocated to the Middle East, became a proud member of al Qaeda, and was arrested in 2002 on suspicion of plotting a radioactive attack.
Shukrijumah, incidentally, also had a fan in foiled 2009 subway bomber Najibullah Zazi, who confessed to huddling with the terrorist in a camp in Pakistan.
The list of Islam’s feculent converts continues with James Cromitie, whom the state department alleges of being radicalized in jail by New York Department of Correctional Services prison imams.
Cromitie was nabbed in 2009 and charged with trying to carry out a bomb attack on two synagogues in the Bronx and a simultaneous shoot-down of military aircraft in Newburgh, N.Y.
Chairman King’s case is grandly bolstered, too, by the incarceration of Abdurahman Alamoudi, arrested in 2003 with $340,000 in cash from the Libyan government to wage jihad on U.S. soil.
The problem was that Alamoudi — a naturalized U.S. citizen from Eritrea — was also the president of the American Muslim Foundation, the founder of the American Muslim Council, and the founder of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council, which evaluates Muslim candidates for chaplain posts in the U.S. military.
Islam’s goose-stepping across American prisons has even attracted the attention of the Center for Security Policy.
“Abdurahman Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council spun off an organization called the National Islamic Prison Foundation precisely for the purpose of ministering to incarcerated Muslims and expanding their ranks,” it documents in its 2010 Muslim Brotherhood Case Study.
The King hearings are long overdue.