May 24, 2013
May 22, 2013
They launched the 'Arab Spring' but now yearn for the good old days of a strongman
May 20, 2013
Richard A. Serrano: Is Meir Kahane's assassin now a changed man?
Genetic copies of living people from embryos no longer science fiction
Jewz in the Newz by Nate Bloom :
The Kosher Gourmet by Cathy Pollak:
Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star
WARNING: This WALNUT CAKE WITH PRALINE FROSTING, perfect for afternoon coffee, is addicting
May 13, 2013
Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: Why the giving of the document that would permanently change the world could only be done in desolation
David G. Savage:
Church-state, literally? Supreme Court weighing public school graduation in a church
May 10, 2013
Rabbi Berel Wein: Be all that you should be
May 8, 2013
Peter Ford: Why China is welcoming both Israel's Netanyahu and Palestinians' Abbas
Obama administration quietly backs out of appeal over new contraceptive mandate
At Kerry-Putin meeting, US-Russia relations thaw --- a tad
The Kosher Gourmet by Leela Cyd Ross :
Almost too pretty to eat, this colorful salad with Sicilian inspiration will tickle the taste buds and delight your visual sensibility
May 6, 2013
May 3, 2013
Kids, kittens the Same?
With employee perks at struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo! it's hard to tell
Artificial kidney offers hope to patients tethered to a dialysis machine
April 29, 2013
Poland's new Jewish museum celebrates life, doesn't revisit Holocaust
Terrorism in America: Is US missing a chance to learn from failed plots?
Boston Bomber's 'Svengali' Revealed
Tiny satellites + cellphones = cheaper 'eyes in the sky' for NASA
April 26, 2013
Clifford D. May:
Defense in the Age of Jihadist Terrorism
Sharon Palmer, R.D.:
How to feel your best -- with plenty of energy, a healthy weight and optimal mental and physical function -- without driving yourself batty
April 24, 2013
Jewish World Review
Sept. 21, 2006
/ 28 Elul, 5766
PrIslam the threat from within
Debra J. Saunders
When Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a contrinutor to JWR's "sister site", PoliticalMavens.com, worked at the U.S. headquarters of Al Haramain Islamic Foundation in 1999, his boss used to joke that prison inmates studying Islam were "a captive audience," he testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The Treasury Department has since designated Al Haramain as a sponsor of terrorism with ties to al-Qaida. The boss and group's director were indicted for money laundering.
Gartenstein-Ross had left the group and Islam before Sept. 11, 2001. When the FBI began looking at Al Haramain, he was happy to cooperate. On Tuesday, he spoke before the Senate committee to address a scary front in the war on terror would-be warriors who already are behind bars.
Next August, what may prove to be the most chilling example California State Prison-Sacramento inmate Kevin James will go to trial with three co-conspirators. Last year, the feds indicted James on charges that he masterminded a plot to kill U.S. military personnel, Israeli officials, and people at recruitment centers, synagogues and El Al airline facilities.
According to reports, when a James' devotee was paroled, he recruited two men from a mosque. They began robbing gas stations to fund their attacks. One carelessly left a cell phone at a robbery site. Local law enforcement following that lead saw a list of targets and alerted the feds. All the while, James was in prison where officials knew nothing about the plot, Gartenstein-Ross told me.
Prisons always have been breeding grounds for extremism, gangs and violence, according to a George Washington University report highlighted at the Senate hearing, "Out of the Shadows: Getting Ahead of Prisoner Radicalization."
Think Aryan Brotherhood. It's not a long jump to Richard Reid, who converted to Islam in a British prison, then tried to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb.
It helps that American inmates often don't know much about Islam. They may not know that they are being recruited into extremes they would recognize in Christianity or Judaism. Prison officials also may not know what to look for.
When inmates convert to Islam, it's usually positive and has "a rehabilitative element," noted California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson Terry Thornton. As the corrections community sees it, a man who is praying isn't in his cell making a shank.
What should happen next? Gartenstein-Ross wants to see "an elite unit" within the Federal Bureau of Prisons that can work with state and local officials to share information, screen chaplains, alert prisons to the dangerous ones and translate material.
Gartenstein-Ross cited many examples of literature his group distributed that extolled forceful armed jihad, commanded submission from non-believers and called for "revenge from the unjust like the Jews and the tyrants." Granted, this was before 9-11, but he knew of only a few instances in which prisons rejected the literature. One chaplain feared a pamphlet would incite conflict between Islamic sects in prison. Once, screeners objected that a clip in a manila envelope could be used as a weapon. Now, prison staffers should know better.
Because James' followers were operating in Torrance, Calif., Senate committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, observed that the James investigation was called "Torrancial Rain a code name that well describes the storm of terrorism that could result if the radicalization of prison inmates goes unchecked."
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
Comment JWR contributor Debra J. Saunders's column by clicking here.
Debra J. Saunders Archives
© 2006, Creators Syndicate
Richard Z. Chesnoff
Frank J. Gaffney
Victor Davis Hanson
A. Barton Hinkle
Judge A. Napolitano
Cokie & Steve Roberts
Debra J. Saunders
J. D. Crowe
Ask Doctor K