The ji­hadi virus in our own prison sys­tem

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Michelle Malkin

Pres­i­dent Obama’s speech on home­land se­cu­rity was 6,072 words long. Cu­ri­ously, he chose not to spare an “a,” “and” or “uh” on the New York City ter­ror bust that dom­i­nated head­lines the morn­ing of his May 21 ad­dress. Did the teleprompter run out of room?

Af­ter a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion launched by the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, the feds cracked down on a ring of mur­der­minded black Mus­lim jail­house con­verts pre­par­ing to bomb two Bronx syn­a­gogues and “ea­ger to bring death to Jews.” They also planned to at­tack a New York Na­tional Guard air base in New­burgh, N.Y., where the sus­pects lived and wor­shiped at a lo­cal mosque.

Not one word from the pres­i­dent on the ji­hadists’ in­tended vic­tims, mo­tives or means.

No com­fort for the re­ported tar­gets in the Big Ap­ple, still raw from the Scare Force One rat­tling that so vainly and reck­lessly sim­u­lated 9/11.

No con­dem­na­tion for the ac­cused plot­ters.

Why? Be­cause do­ing so would force Mr. Obama to aban­don his cot­tony “ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy” eu­phemisms and con­front the con­crete truth. To bor­row one of our ob­tuse pres­i­dent’s fa­vorite cliches, “let me be per­fectly clear” about the re­al­ity Mr. Obama won’t touch: Amer­ica faces an on­go­ing Is­lamic ji­had at home and abroad. Not merely “man­caused.” But Ko­ran-in­spired. Yet, Mr. Obama re­fuses to spell out the cen­turies-old roots of the war that he claims he’ll win faster, bet­ter and cleaner than any of his pre­de­ces­sors.

More­over, his push to trans­fer vi­o­lent Mus­lim war­mon­gers into our civil­ian pris­ons — where they have pros­e­ly­tized and plot­ted with im­punity — will only make the prob­lem worse. A brief re­fresher course for the left’s am­ne­si­acs about the fes­ter­ing ji­hadi virus in our jails and over­seas:

In 2005, Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials busted a ter­ror­ist plot to at­tack in­fi­dels at mil­i­tary and Jewish sites in Los An­ge­les on the fourth an­niver­sary of 9/11 or the Jewish holy days. It was de­vised by mil­i­tant Mus­lim con­verts of Jam’iyyat Ul-Is­lam Is-Sa­heeh (Ara­bic for “As­sem­bly of Au­then­tic Is­lam”) who had sworn al­le­giance to vi­o­lent ji­had at Cal­i­for­nia’s New Fol­som State Prison.

Con­victed ter­ror con­spir­a­tor Jose Padilla con­verted to Is­lam dur­ing a stint at a Broward County, Fla., jail and re­port­edly fell in with ter­ror­ist re­cruiters af­ter his release. Con­victed “shoe bomber” Richard Reid con­verted to Is­lam with the help of an ex­trem­ist imam

In East Texas, in­mates were re­cruited with a half-hour video­tape fea­tur­ing the an­ti­Semitic rants of Cal­i­for­ni­abased Imam Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah, who claims that the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks were ac­tu­ally car­ried out by the Is­raeli and U.S. gov­ern­ments.

Fed­eral cor­rec­tions of­fi­cials told con­gres­sional in­ves­tiga- pris­ons are per­fectly se­cure, con­victed ter­ror­ist aid Lynne Ste­wart helped jailed 1993 World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing/NY land­mark bomb­ing plot mas­ter­mind Omar Ab­del-Rah­man smug­gle coded mes­sages of Is­lamic vi­o­lence to out­side fol­low­ers in vi­o­la­tion of an ex­plicit pledge to abide by her client’s court-or­dered iso­la­tion.

As I’ve re­ported pre­vi­ously, U.S. Bureau of Prison re­ports have warned for years that our civil­ian de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties are ma­jor breed­ing grounds for Is­lamic ter­ror­ists. There are still not enough le­git­i­mately trained and screened Mus­lim re­li­gious leaders to coun­sel an es­ti­mated 9,000 U.S. prison in­mates who de­mand Is­lamic ser­vices. Un­der the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, the fed­eral prison bu­reau­cracy had no pol­icy in place to screen out ex­trem­ist, vi­o­lencead­vo­cat­ing Is­lamic chap­lains; failed to prop­erly screen the many con­trac­tors and vol­un­teers who help pro­vide re­li­gious ser­vices to Is­lamic in­mates; and shied away from re­li­gious pro­fil­ing.

What’s Mr. Obama’s plan to pre­vent the ji­hadi virus from spread­ing? Wash­ing hands and cov­er­ing mouths won’t work for this dis­ease.

Michelle Malkin is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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