“Even today, he appears to remain steadfast in that commitment and has shown no remorse. The defendant’s communications while incarcerated further demonstrate that, far from appreciating the depravity of his actions, he is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology.”
And while he is in prison, even if it is for the rest of his life, what will be done to disabuse him of that terrorist ideology? Nothing. In fact, U.S. prison officials will do everything they can to reinforce it. The U.S. prison system, like the military and more, is committed to the proposition that Islam is a religion of peace, and that its practice is to be encouraged. Confronted with someone like Rahimi who tried to murder people in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, they give him a prison life that is filled only with reinforcement of the ideology that landed him in prison in the first place: prayers with other inmates, the Qur’an supplied and treated with the utmost respect, etc.
“Chelsea bomber gets multiple life prison sentences for New York blast that injured 30,” by Travis Fedschun, Fox News, February 13, 2018:
The convicted terrorist who planted two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets — including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated — was sentenced Tuesday to multiple life terms in prison.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, was convicted in October of planting pressure-cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, 2016.
The blast in New York City happened hours after a small pipe bomb went off during a Marine Corps 5K run in Seaside Heights, N.J. No one was injured in that explosion because the race had been delayed. A subsequent two-day manhunt ended in a shootout with police in New Jersey, where Rahimi was shot several times. No police were wounded.
Federal prosecutors said Rahimi has not shown remorse since his arrest, and has tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in New York.
“He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology,” they wrote.
When asked to speak at his sentencing Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn’t “harbor hate for anyone.”
Rahimi, an Afghanistan-born man inspired by ISIS and Al Qaeda in 2012, began attempting to radicalize other inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center late last year.
According to prosecutors, he shared propaganda materials, speeches by terrorist leaders such as Usama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki in addition to bomb-making instructions. One inmate who was said to have viewed the materials was facing charges of providing material support and resources to ISIS.
Sajmir Alimehmeti, who is accused of trying to recruit for ISIS, was moved last month away from Rahimi after he was caught with a thumb drive of materials that included bomb-making instructions and copies of an Al Qaeda magazine, according to the New York Post.
“As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack,” prosecutors said of Rahimi. “Even today, he appears to remain steadfast in that commitment and has shown no remorse. The defendant’s communications while incarcerated further demonstrate that, far from appreciating the depravity of his actions, he is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology.”…