Prison Radicalization: Are Terrorist Cells Forming in U.S. Cell Blocks?: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 19, 2006 [open pdf - 7MB]
This hearing discusses prison radicalization, and questions whether terrorist cells are forming in U.S. cell blocks. It occurred before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, on September 19, 2006. From the text: "For the past 5 years, the Federal Government has attempted to prevent terrorists from entering our country from abroad. Our homeland security efforts have made it increasingly difficult for foreign terrorists to infiltrate and operate in the United States. Increased border security and screening of overseas airline passengers, while critical to help keep out foreign terrorists, do not, however, protect us from home-grown terrorists. The rise of domestic terrorist cells inspired by but not linked directly to al Qaeda is an emerging threat to our national security. This morning, the Committee will examine a deep pool of potential homegrown operatives, American prisons. Our corrections facilities, Federal, State, and local, provide fertile grounds for radicalization and recruitment efforts. We have seen this problem in the formation of such prison gangs as the Mexican mafia and the white supremacist group, the Aryan Brotherhood. And we see it in the focus of our hearing today, the spread in prison of an extremist form of Islam dedicated to committing acts of terrorism."
S. Hrg. 109-954; Senate Hearing 109-954; Serial No. 109-954
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