Fomenting Jihad in the Big House

The following article from Il Giornale concerns the hardened mujahideen in Italian prisons who function as imams and “radicalize” their fellow prisoners.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation:

Killers, Thieves and Terrorists: Here are the imams inside the prisons

The secret intelligence dossier on the Muslim prisoners in Italian penitentiaries: The names and the stories of the 26 most dangerous preachers. And some of them will be free within one year.

They are drug dealers, rookie terrorists, rapists and robbers. They are the so-called imams on whom the 7,646 Muslim prisoners in Italian prisons rely for prayers and religious practices. The disquieting blockbuster emerges from a secret document from our government, of which Il Giornale obtained a copy.

A dossier in which not only particulars and the origins of the 148 self-styled imams, in large part Moroccans, Tunisians, and Algerians, who control the prayers in Italian prisons, but also the details about how they are observed and described by operators of the prison authority.

The document, dated 11 October 2016, is one of the 11 “secrets” included in that report on “Combatting the violent radicalization in prison within the religious matrix”, prepared by the Department of Prison Administration and presented by Premier Paolo Gentiloni at a January 6 press conference on the spread of fundamentalism in penal institutions. In publishing the document, Il Giornale has decided not to divulge the details of all 148 imams because many of them, notwithstanding their convictions, are not deemed dangerous at the final (stage) of radicalization, and sometimes facilitate cooperation between the prison administration and the prisoners. The same cannot be said of at least 26 “bad mentors” who have come to the attention of Nic (Central Investigative Unit), the central investigative arm of the Prison Administration, which works with magistrates, police forces and secret services to identify the radicalized prisoners who proselytize inside the prisons, propagating violent and extremist themes.

In analyzing their positions, Nic specifies three levels of risks. The first, defined as “high”, include “monitored subjects”. The prisoners jailed for crimes connected to international terrorism are those of particular interest for their stances on radicalization and recruitment. At the “medium” level are placed prisoners who deserve attention, are close to the jihadist ideology and are active at the level of proselytizing and recruitment. The third “low” level includes the so-called “singled out”, all those on whom further study is done to see whether they should be placed in the first or second level or exempted from additional scrutiny. Among the 26 out of 148 imams investigated by Nic, fourteen are “monitored subjects” — at the level of maximum risk, eight “deserve attention” and four are “singled out”.

An extremely worrisome fact, because it tells us that within a prison system, where the risk of radicalization is high enough already, more than twenty prayer leaders close to Islamic terrorism continue to operate. Twenty persons to whom, notwithstanding their designations, are still allowed to engage in the activities of proselytizing and preaching.

To better understand what we are talking about, it is enough to cite Hmidi Saber, the 32-year-old Tunisian monitored by Nic, was served with a further arrest warrant in prison because he was suspected of ties to Anis Amri, the terrorist perpetrator of the massacre at the Berlin Christmas market, who was killed by police in Milan. In the document which is in our possession, the prisoner arrested for attempting to shoot at a police agent is identified as an imam in the Salerno prison coming from the prison of Sconsigliano. “The prisoner,” prison investigators write of him, “has exhibited problematic behavior indicative of an inadequate adaptation to the prison context since the date of his entrance in this locality.”

But among the self-styled imams there is also a presumed volunteer for the jihad like the 25-year-old Moroccan Hamil Mehdi, accused of training and activity for the purpose of terrorism. Detained in the prison of Rossano Calabro — the Italian Guantanamo, where suspected Islamic terrorists were collected up until a short time ago — Hamil Mehdi Mehdi was arrested at Cosenza in January 2016 after a trip to Turkey during which he tried to reach the area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State. Another prayer leader of a program that is at least problematic, monitored by Nic, is the Tunisian Lamjed Ben Kraiem. Arrested at Trapani in July 2013, accused of drug- and arms-trafficking, he was singled out by the prison police of Trapani for his capacity to conduct himself “in an evident manner as a spiritual guide leading prayers together with other prisoners and bunkmates”. Equally stunning is the metamorphosis of the 44-year-old Tunisian Ouerghi Nabil, singled out for his activities as imam in the prison of Piacenza. “ Upon his arrival at the institution,” the document reads, “he assumed the role of leader and organizer of requests in the name of the Islamic prisoners in his section, asking to create a collective prayer room for use twice a day.” The crime that put him in jail were the accusations of drug-dealing, and especially the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

12 thoughts on “Fomenting Jihad in the Big House

  1. We need to think the unthinkable and say the unsayable. Anyone who persuades another to become or remain a Muslim (or who attempts to do so) should be liable for the death penalty if either or both are incarcerated at the time.

    • I think you are on the right track, but the proselytizing and overabundance of privileges and rights which these prisoners get will continue as long as the society which has imprisoned them remains prosperous. Such coddling of prisoners is a sign of both an overabundance of public money, and lack of clarity as to what the purpose of prison is in the first place. The dangerous muslim prisoners should be isolated, deported, or executed for their activities to incite others. Barring that, prison should be a place of toil and hard physical labor; if these prisoners have time to pray six times a day then they are not being worked hard enough.

      I would give them a plot of land and manual implements for farming it; no work, no eat. Everything which forms the activities of living should be done at a minimum of cost to taxpayers, and a maximum of hardship to the inmates. No electricity, even lights at night. No laundry except what they do by hand. Even the production of clothes should be done by hand, gathering of wool from animals kept for meat, cleaning, carding, weaving, and then sewing on treadle powered machines into garments. If done properly, there should be almost minimum of input from the outside world, and maximum of effort by the inmates. They should be too busy just providing for themselves to have time for such jihadist activities. The truly bad ones will be dealt with by their fellow inmates when they don’t pull their own weight.

        • I am afraid I would make a far better dictator than president. You see, I have this bad habit of not tolerating fools; in my administration there would be full employment for guillotine operators, and a perpetual shortage of legislators and bureaucrats…

  2. Please keep in mind, that anyone can declare himself an “imam”, demanding “respect”.

  3. This kind of thing happens in all prisons. People come out worse than when they went in. Confiscate religious texts prayer rugs etc, keep the proselytizers isolated.

  4. Islam just streamlines the whole process. (maybe that is why the neo-liberals love the efficiency) No longer required an outsider priest to come in, any inmate can be an imam. The more brutal murderer and rapist is the candidate the better.
    No wonder that islam is spreading fast in criminal circles. It preaches exactly what this sociopaths are already doing, but now in an organized fashion with a “big prize” at the end…

  5. I don’t know about other states, but in New South Wales at Goulburn SuperMax prison, Muslims are kept separated from the other non-Muslim prisoners.

    See; Inside Goulburn SuperMax : The Daily Mail.

  6. In other news, Donald Trump took the oath of office and become our president. I do not think he is the type who will fool around with muslims. I noticed that [H]illary was there, too, as was of course, Obama. It is the first time I ever watched an inauguration on TV. Also heard his speech: America first! About time in my opinion.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    I do not think Trump is too squeamish to address the muslim problem, either. If they want to come here to live a decent life according to our laws, that is fine. If they come here dragging their disgusting culture, then out with them. I have never forgotten a news report I heard on my way to work about how a man (I think in Minnesota but not sure) beheaded his own daughter for going out on a date. That was 20 years ago and nothing has improved since, other than we have more of them than ever.

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