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Dirty Bomb Plotter Padilla Sentenced

Posted by thebosun on January 22, 2008

As reported from Reuters, American dirty bomb plotter, Jose Padilla, was sentence to 17 years for supporting terrorims. 

Padilla sentenced to 17 years

Jan 22 – U.S. citizen Jose Padilla has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for supporting terrorism. Jose Padilla was once accused by the Bush Administration of plotting a radioactive bomb attack and was held without charge by the government as an …

Now comes the my question: Was this a a good sentence or not?

Remember, Padilla converted to Islam in Prison after being incarcerated in 2002.

Courtesy of Religious Tolerance. Org ( POTENTIAL FOR RADICALIZATION OF U.S. MUSLIM PRISON INMATES ) Richard Reid (a.k.a. Abdel Raheem and Tariq Raja), became a radical Islamist while incarcerated in a UK prison. He attempted to ignite explosives in his shoes and thereby blow up an American Airlines plane in mid-flight during Christmastime in 2001.

Jose Padilla, a former Chicago IL street gang member also became a radical Islamist while in prison. He was arrested in 2002 on suspicion of planning to explode a “dirty bomb.”

Some American Muslim groups and law enforcement organizations are concerned that one or more radical, Fundamentalist and potentially violent religious group in some U.S. prisons may be radicalizing Muslim inmates and gaining terrorist recruits. 1

The LA Times reported in 2005-AUG that:
“The possibility of connections between prison gangs and potential terrorists has been a worry for U.S. officials for some time.”

“There are at least several significant investigations into the alleged use of federal and state prisons as bases for recruiting potential Islamic terrorists, according to a senior FBI counter-terrorism official in Washington.” 2

However, some investigators reject the concept that prisons in the U.S. are breeding grounds for terrorists.
One questioned why a terrorist group would select prisoners, knowing that their fingerprints and full personal data is recorded in government files.

The LA times mentioned that: “David Shwartz, retired religious services administrator for the federal Bureau of Prisons,…argues that Islam is a positive force in the rehabilitation of inmates.” 2

Earlier in 2005, Robert Mueller, Director of the F.B.I. told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “prisons continue to be fertile ground for extremists who exploit both a prisoner’s conversion to Islam while still in prison, as well as their socioeconomic status and placement in the community upon their release.”

However, some investigators reject the concept that prisons in the U.S. are breeding grounds for terrorists.

  • One questioned why a terrorist group would select prisoners, knowing that their fingerprints and full personal data is recorded in government files.
  • The LA times mentioned that: “David Shwartz, retired religious services administrator for the federal Bureau of Prisons,…argues that Islam is a positive force in the rehabilitation of inmates.2

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Dorothy Korber and Andy Furillo, “Terror case eyes Folsom prisoners. Officials say plot targeted sites in L.A. area,” Sacramento Bee, 2005-AUG-18, at: http://www.sacbee.com/
  2. Greg Krikorian and Jenifer Warren, “Terror Probe Targets Prison in olsom. Alleged plot to attack Southland sites may have been conceived inside the facility.” LA Times, 2005-AUG-17, at: http://www.latimes.com/

 

It is a given that Padilla will rejoin a radial muslim gang and help spread the Qur’an in prison. I am confident that Padilla will promote radical islam and convert some other weak minded individuals to follow the Caravan Raider and wreck havoc on unsuspecting sheeple.  The radial muslim prison gangs will be happy to have another jihadi follower in their midst.

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