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September 18, 2008 Thursday  
 
CAPITOL HILL HEARING  
 
HEARING OF THE TERRORISM, UNCONVENTIONAL THREATS AND CAPABILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE; SUBJECT: LESSONS FOR COUNTERING AL QAEDA AND THE WAY AHEAD; CHAIRED BY: REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SMITH (D-WA); WITNESSES: SETH JONES, POLITICAL SCIENTIST, RAND CORPORATION; MICHAEL SCHEUER, SENIOR FELLOW, JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION; JOHN ARQUILLA, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANALYSIS, NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL; LOCATION: 2118 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.
 
REP. SMITH: (Sounds gavel.) Good morning. We'll call the subcommittee meeting to order. I thank members and witnesses for being here today.

I'll start with an opening statement, then turn it over to Mr. Thornberry for any opening remarks, and then go directly to our witnesses.

Thank you all for joining us this morning. I really look forward to the testimony this morning. We have a very distinguished and thoughtful panel on the issues around counterterrorism and how the struggle against al Qaeda and violent extremists is going, the various component pieces of that, certainly within the military; how we are doing, what is going on with the various pieces that the military is responsible for.
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Weekly Standard

Volume 014, Issue 04
 
Bad Books Behind Bars
An inventory of extremist Islamic texts in federal prisons.

by Stephen Schwartz

Early this year, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced the completion of an inventory of Islamic books and videos in Muslim chapel libraries in the 105 federal correctional institutions. The bureau had undertaken the inventory at the recommendation of the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, which in turn was responding to the concerns of terrorism experts and members of Congress who sought to end or forestall the radicalization of Muslim inmates. I obtained a copy under the Freedom of Information Act.

The inventory, which runs to 399 pages, shows a marked predominance of Wahhabi and other fundamentalist Sunni literature among the Muslim holdings of federal prison chapels. The collections also contain plentiful materials from the Nation of Islam, the extreme black nationalist movement headed by Louis Farrakhan, but Shia and Sufi works are generally absent, as are texts on broader aspects of Islamic history and culture.
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Jihad Watch

October 8, 2008

Lawful jihad continues to flourish in prisons

Jihadist who declared the "time for jihad is now" and wanted to "smoke a judge," declared at his recent sentencing that "he no longer believes in violent jihad and has 'adopted more positive Muslim beliefs.'" Now he is the imam of the Muslim prison population. More on this story.

"Monitoring Lawful Jihad In Prisons," by Supna Zaidi for Europe News, October 7:

24-year-old Derrick Shareef was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for planning a terrorist attack on a Chicago mall using hand grenades two years ago.

At sentencing, Shareef declared that he no longer believes in violent jihad and has "adopted more positive Muslim beliefs." "What these positive beliefs are should be a central concern to the Metropolitan Correctional Center since his attorney cited his rise as the Imam of the Muslim population while interred there.
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Islamist Watch Blog

October 9, 2008

They Don't CAIR Much for Free Debate
 
By David J. Rusin

Islamists cannot tolerate open discussion of their faith and those who act in its name. We witness this phenomenon time and again from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which increasingly forgoes combat in the arena of ideas, preferring instead to intimidate or litigate opponents of the Islamist agenda into silence.

The latest example comes in response to the Clarion Fund distributing twenty-eight million DVDs of
Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West via direct mail and newspaper supplements in September. The film exposes the teachings and consequences of Islamic extremism through media footage and commentary from experts, including Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes.
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