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Officials warn federal prisons becoming a breading ground for homegrown Jihadists

January 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Officials warn federal prisons becoming a breading ground for homegrown Jihadists

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Experts are warning that the U.S. federal prison system has become a “breeding ground” for Islamic terrorism.

As homegrown terrorists are imprisoned, law enforcement officials fear jihadists could radicalize fellow inmates. The prison system provides a culture that had made some inmates more dangerous than when they first entered prison. The possibility this could transform felons into lone wolf terrorists has authorities worried

“The threat is real, If we continue to downplay the threat, we do so at our own peril,” said Patrick Dunleavy, author of “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection.”

ISIS is aggressively recruiting Americans, which has led to an increase in domestic terrorism arrests and convictions.

Also, federal inmates numbering in the hundreds are in federal prison for links to other jihadist groups. According to Fox News, 100 prisoners will be released within the next five years, and with the Obama Administration’s push to close Guantanamo Bay, more terrorists will be transferred to the Federal prison system.

“We have never been faced with such a large number of terror inmates before,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., during a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on countering violent extremism in prison.

King says the federal Bureau of Prisons are not doing a sufficient enough job monitoring jihadists behind bars, and should isolate those suspected of radicalizing other inmates.

in 2010, even before the formation of the Islamic State, a report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee dozens of Americans who were radicalized in U.S. prisons and received training by Al Qaeda terror camps in after being released.

The federal Bureau of Prisons sent a written report to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, which revealed the failure to complete a background check on a religious services contractor who documented past of supporting violence against critics of Islamic extremism.

While monitoring prisoners could be a more difficult task, many in Congress believe the government could lessen the risk of by not allowing radical clerics to visit prisons, where they could radicalize.

Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn has introduced a measure that would increase background checks for clergy and other religious workers, who are allowed access to inmates.

“By allowing volunteers to enter the system without first having to undergo a comprehensive background check, some of the most vulnerable members of society have become susceptible to radicalization.”

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