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The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection by Patrick T. Dunleavy (Sep 2011)
What happens when a terrorist goes to prison? What type of special security risk do they pose for authorities. In the case of Abu Hamza al-Masri, indicted for conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping of American and other tourists in Yemen and in trying to help set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, prison officials went after his arms, literally.
Masri lost both of his appendages from the forearm down as the result of an explosion when he was fighting in Afghanistan. He was later equipped with metal hooks as prosthetic devices to assist him. Correctional personnel felt that that type of prosthesis posed a security risk to personnel in the
Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City and confiscated them. They said he will be fitted with more benign, non metallic hands to be paid for by the government. If that were the only threat posed by incarcerated terrorists there would be no need for concern. Once jailed are they actually rendered harmless?
Prior cases tell us this is not the case.
El Sayyid Nosair arrested in 1990 for shooting Rabbi Meir Khane had been in prison for over two years when he was charged with participating in the conspiracy to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993. He was able to use the privileges accorded him in jail, phone, visits, program assignment, to carry out the terrorist act. Rendered useless, I think not.
And what of Masri and his prior sphere of influence. Many forget that one of the reasons travelers have to remove their footwear before boarding a plane was in part due to Masri’s influence. In 1996 Abu Hamza al Masri became the Imam of North London Central Mosque in Finsbury Park, London. One of his disciples was a recently released inmate who had converted to Islam in prison. That individual was Richard Reid, the now infamous “shoe bomber”, who attempted to detonate an explosive device hidden in his sneaker while on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001.
In other cases the acts and influences of jailed terrorists can be seen. Talib Jan was a member of the Taliban placed in the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, the National Detention Center in Kabul, Afghanistan after being captured by coalition forces. From there Jan was able to continue to direct terrorist operations. His involvement included the selection of both personnel and targets for attacks. In addition, according to authorities he had the ability to communicate specific instructions to the would-be suicide bombers from his prison cell. In one attack he directed the “shaheed” to a Finest Supermarket in the Wazir Akbar Khan section of the city, killing fourteen people in 2011.