“The Silent War: Wahhabism and the American Penal System” by Mark Silverberg in New Media Journal (thanks to DFS) assumes that all these troubles are attributable to the big bad Wahhabis, but it is nonetheless worthwhile reading.
When prisoners in New Folsom State Prison near Sacramento become adherents to the political ideology of radical Wahhabi Islam, form a terrorist cell while in prison (Jamat Ul-Islam Is Saheeh) and plot terrorist acts against three National Guard facilities, the Israeli Consulate and several synagogues in the Los Angeles area; when accused “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla (a.k.a. Abdullah al-Muhajir) a former Chicago street gang member converts to Islam during a term at a Broward County, Florida jail and falls in with terrorist recruiters after his release; when Aqil Collins, a self-confessed jihadist turned FBI informant, converts to Islam while doing time in a California juvenile detention center and later trains with one of the men accused of kidnapping and beheading Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl; when convicted terrorists from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are put into their prison’s general population and proselytize other inmates in radical Islam because prison officials fear being accused of “religious profiling”; or when Muslim inmates are allowed to conduct radical Islamic, virulently anti-American and anti-Western services in loosely monitored prison chapels across our nation…there is something going on in our prison system that relates directly to our current war on Islamic radicalism.
For years, the Washington-based Center for Security Policy has been tracking the infiltration of U.S. prisons by agents of Saudi Wahhabism. Wahhabism is a radical Islamist interpretation of the Quran and the Hadith (its commentaries) upon which the ideologies of Hamas, the Moslem Brotherhood, Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda are based. The Center’s research (now confirmed by subsequent Senate investigations) has concluded that Muslim chaplains trained in and certified by Saudi-supported Wahhabi institutes in America have been accepted into our prison system by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This has led to fears that a dangerous Islamic “fifth column” is developing in our prisons with the unwitting cooperation of the federal government.
Yes indeed. Read it all.