From the Jails Are Not Correctional Facilities Department: the 1993 World Trade Center bombers are writing letters in Arabic newspapers exhorting Muslims to wage jihad — and even corresponding with other jihadists.
This is the kind of thing that comes from not recognizing the true character of the struggle we’re in. If these guys are just “terrorists,” their act was sui generis, an isolated incident. If prison authorities understood that they are part of a global jihad movement, they might have recognized these communications as something to be monitored and suppressed — for the protection of the intended victims of the further terrorist attacks these messages helped make a reality. “Imprisoned terrorists still advocating terror,” from MSNBC, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Letters and articles obtained by NBC News show that while behind bars, the 1993 bombers continued their terrorist activities. They wrote letters to other suspected terrorists and brazenly praised Osama bin Laden in Arabic newspapers.
According to confidential Spanish court documents obtained by NBC, at least 14 letters went back and forth between the World Trade Center bombers and a Spanish terror cell.
In February 2003, bomber Mohammed Salameh writes: “Oh God! Make us live with happiness, make us die as martyrs, may we be united on the Day of Judgment.” The recipient, Mohamed Achraf, later allegedly led a plot to blow up the National Justice Building in Madrid and is awaiting trial.
In July 2002, a letter Salameh sent from prison is published in the Al-Quds newspaper, proclaiming “Osama Bin Laden is my hero of this generation.”
“He was exhorting acts of terrorism and helping recruit would-be terrorists for the jihad,” says McCarthy, “from inside an American prison.”
The letters to the bombers spoke of the need to “terminate the infidels” and said, “The Muslims don’t have any option other than jihad.”
Among those corresponding is a man charged with recruiting suicide operatives in Spain. Spanish officials accuse him of using letters to and from the U.S. bombers as a recruiting tool.
All this while the Bureau of Prisons reassured the public that terrorists were under control.