Lawmakers disagree on prisons' role in Islamic radicalization
June 15th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawmakers disagree on prisons' role in Islamic radicalization

Washington (CNN) - The danger of Islamic radicalization inside U.S. prisons "remains real and present," said Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. But during a Wednesday hearing on the subject, others said there are only a few cases in which prison radicalization has been linked to terrorism.

"Prisons have not served as a major source of jihad radicalization," according to Bert Useem, a Purdue University sociology professor. Useem said that since the September 11 attacks, 178 Muslim Americans have been prosecuted for terrorism or related charges, but there is evidence in only 12 cases that prison radicalization was a factor.

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  1. Sniffit

    Yes, lawmakers disagree on it....but studies don't: there is absolutely no evidence that prisons are a source of muslim radicalization or that they are islamic terrorist training grounds. There IS evidence and studies do show, however, that people who get sent to prison for obscenely long sentences relative to their crime...say, smoking some weed...get training IN GENERAL on how to be a criminal from the other inmates while there. It has no link whatsoever to islam or islamic radicalism though. This is just more demagoguery and witchhunting. Between this, the "loyalty test" nonsense and their love of bringing up nazis and communists, it should be absolutely 100% clear to anyone with a brain in their head and head not constricted by tinfoil that the GOP has regressed to the 1950's McCarthy ERROR.

    June 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Repubs. NEED a boogeyman. No boogeyman, no Repub. Party,except the millionaires.

    June 15, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Rep. King is on a witch hunt. Period.

    There are radical christians in the hills of NC and WV just waiting for the right time to do harm to our government. Organized militia. The government knows this, but they would have to leave the safety of their plus DC offices to see it or even imagine it.

    June 15, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Yes, Rep. King is on a witch hunt! Smacks of McCarthyism all over again. Let's face it folks, the Republicans LOVE to fear-monger...... fear is what wins them elections! Remember Palin's "death panels"...... remember all the times we have heard about Obama raising taxes (yeah..... for those who make over $250K a year!) .... taxes are the lowest they have been in our history!

    Republicans have to demonize a group, right now, its Muslims! That's why so many on the extreme-nutty-right like to blog that Obama is "a secret muslim"! They know it freaks people out! Especially the white folks in small towns!

    Republican strategy is always the same as it was in the 1950's when they yelled "the commies are coming!" ...... its all about fear........ hate........ lies...... and division. Sadly, too many Americans fall for their propaganda!

    June 15, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |