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Updated on August 7, 2011
Richard Reid
Richard Reid
Four convicted terrorists
Four convicted terrorists
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla

Home Grown terrorists

Take a convicted criminal and felon who is serving a sentence for some violent crime and introduce him to the thrill of jihad and you may get a convert. Locked into prison there is ample time and opportunity for indoctrination and the prisoner may feel like he is being introduced to something important and significant.

The Washington Times had an article in 2002 in which Muslim recruitment in prison was examined. According to Cal Thomas there is a well-established program funded by the Saudis for the purpose of recruiting black inmates. The goal is to convert them to Wahhabism and instill anti-Americanism.

Wahhabism is the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia and by far the most extreme and violent. Osama bin Laden was a Wahhabi.

In 2009 four Muslim prison recruits,James Cromitie, Onta Williams, David Williams and Laguerre Payen were arrested for plotting to shoot down military jets with Stinger missiles and blow up New York synagogues. All four were American-born jailhouse converts to Islam. The charges are significant and include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles.

Jose Padilla a Chicago gang member was also radicalized in prison and arrested when he attempted to explode a dirty bomb. The Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid was another prison inmate who became radicalized in prison and later attempted to blow up an American Airline passenger plan.

There are numerous examples of prisoners that have radicalized in prison by an outreach program that has it roots in Saudi Arabia, in fact according to Atlas Shrugs, found in the documents in bin Laden’s home after his demise were papers in which he planned to recruit, “African-American Muslim converts to carry out attacks on the homeland. The goal was to not only kill and maim in the actual operations, but to create a divisiveness that would cause more damage than al Qaeda could ever hope to do on their own.”

Interestingly the man who created the Muslim Chaplain Program has been convicted of terrorism and doing a 23 year jail stint.

CAIR spokesman Zead Ramadan predictably said, “Islam is at its core a peaceful religion and that those who advocate violence in the name of Islam have misrepresented it." He also said "Islam makes them (prisoners) understand what integrity is, what honor is, and the value of human life,"

Yes, he said this with a straight face.


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    • mslizzee profile image

      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      You are exactly right Frog. Ain't no love in being Wahhabi.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      mslizzee - Very insightful. You read and hear about people "finding God" when behind bars. But this is definitely a new twist to it. Maybe expanding "hatred" is what they are intent upon.

      The Frog

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      thank you Waynen and b. for reading and commenting. It is scary and you are right our government will wait until there is a serious and succesful attack on us and then maybe, just maybe step up the screening. Nah!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a SCARY, TRUE Hub you have written Mslizzee...Don't we wish it were Fiction. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Don't tell the President...he might try to do something about it.....NAAAAAAAAAA! We need a lot of dead bodies first as proof that such a thing exists...wait until it happens! WB

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      Mactypetim 6 years ago from California

      What is hard to realize with Islam, and yet must be made very clear before anyone can begin to understand, is that terrorism and violence 'in the name of' is encouraged and justified in their belief system.

      American institutions MUST be more careful what programs they use. Thanks for tracking this down!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The word 'Islam' means to submit, and radical Islam demands submission or death.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago

      ms, You must admit they picked the perfect guys. We've been stupid, as usual. H

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I know! When I was researching this I was amazed to learn that this indoctrination goes back many, many years and has been in place in the prisons in California, specifically San Francisco for a really long time. Scary.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I think I need an aspirin. Prison is a breeding ground for terrorists and Islam isn't peaceful! Up and awesome.