Following King Hearing: History of Islam in American Prisons

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held a second hearing Wednesday on the radicalization of Muslims in America — this time focusing on those incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Witnesses included law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials, like Michael Downing, Commanding officer of Counter-Terrorism at the Los Angeles Police Department. "Instead of providing a balanced, peaceful, contemporary perspective of one of the great and peaceful religions of the world, we are left with a hijacked, cut and paste version known to the counter-terrorism practitioners as 'prislam,'" Downing said at the hearing.

We take a bigger a look at the idea of "prislam," and find out just how big a problem radicalization in the prison system is. Imam Frederic Thaufeer al-Deen, a former prison chaplain in the state of Oklahoma and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, discusses the role of Islam in prisons.

Guests:

Imam Frederic Thaufeer al-Deen

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

thaufeer al-deen

Why is the focus of Rep King on what amounts to'new criminal behavior' on the part of the incarcerated? Such behavior is merely continued criminality. A career criminal is just that, whatever stripes he/she adorns. Rep King is looking at just that phenomenon and should be looking at exreme expressions of ideology/faith by all pepetrators- NFL head hunters, Hockey players and the marines at Gitmo...

Jul. 08 2011 02:48 AM

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