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Increasing Influence Of Muslim Gangs In UK Prisons

Muslim prison gangs bullying and forcing other inmates to convert to Islam is in the news again this week. This is a subject iv posted about several times in the past. In fact 1 of the very 1st posts i made on this blog was the eye opening findings of a report from a Cat A prison in the UK about Muslim prison gangs.

British prisoners are increasingly being forced to convert to Islam by their fellow inmates, the prison officers’ union has warned.

Muslim gangs are growing in power and influence among prisoners, and there are concerns that they are targeting vulnerable new arrivals – making prisons a breeding ground for extremism.

“It is a concern, and there’s been clear evidence from a variety of different incidents. Young men are being targeted and then coerced into converting to Islam,” the association’s general secretary, Steve Gillan, told Sky News.

One woman, whose brother is being bullied by a gang trying to force him to convert, told the broadcaster: “He just looks like a broken man … he’s tearful on visits. I’m just really scared for him. He’s been physically assaulted. He’s had black eyes. In the showers, he got threatened with a knife. He’s not going to back down. He’s not going to convert for anyone.”

Joe Chapman, a former prison officer who now acts as a prison law consultant, said he thought the situation was deteriorating.

“I think it could be a huge problem. Previously I’d probably only worked in about a dozen or so prisons as an officer, but this job takes me to 40 or 50 over the year, throughout the country. It’s become obvious to me that it’s a growing problem.

“About half a dozen of my clients have directly reported problems with being forced to convert … those that weren’t Muslim when they came in and those that were and have been forced to look at more radical ideas about their faith.”

The former Home Secretary Lord Reid told Sky News that the sense of protection of being in a gang made them appealing to new arrivals, and described jail as “a very, very fertile ground for recruitment and proselytization and radicalisation”.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Faith can have a very positive influence on prisoners and can play an important role in rehabilitation, but it must never be misused as a way of coercing vulnerable prisoners into criminal behaviour.

“We are never complacent about bullying in prisons and take a zero tolerance approach to tackling victimisation of any kind.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-jails-facing-growing-problem-of-forced-conversion-to-islam-officers-warn-8892645.html

 

Islamberg, USA . The Muslim Only Town Where Residents Learn Guerilla Warfare Tactics

jihad training for muslims living in islamberg

Islamberg, located in rural upstate New York, is a 70 acre  underground-bunkered paramilitary Islamic compound. Here within the compound lives a Muslim only community. The majority of these are black  american born males, hardened criminals who converted to radical Islam whilst serving time in state prison. It is also the headquarters of Muslims of the Americas, the International Quranic Open University  and the United Muslim Christian Forum. Islamberg is the best known among 35 such compounds, ranging in size from 25 to 300 acres, that already dot 22 states across America. Evidence suggests these Islamic compounds and the convicted criminals who live their are participating in jihad training and using crime to raise funds

many of the muslims living their are convicts who converted to islam in new york state prisons such as rikers island, Attica Correctional Facility or sing sing

Islamberg and the other ‘Muslim only towns’ and these organizations are led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani. He is the leader of Pakistani terrorist organization Jamaat al Fuqra . Muslim shoe bomber Richard Ried allegedly was heavily influenced by the group and its leader Gilani. 

Jamaat al Fuqra is the Pakistani Islamic group responsible for a string of murders, bombings and other terrorist acts across the world, including in the USA. Its chapter in America calls itself, “Muslims of America” (MOA), and actively recruits at mosques and prisons, where African-American inmates are especially targeted.

And Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani is the man whose Al Qaeda links Daniel Berg, the Wall Street Journal reporter, was investigating and on his way to interview in Pakistan as arranged in 2002 when he was betrayed and eventually beheaded. Pakistani police arrested Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani after Berg’s murder.

Islamberg has a makeshift mosque, a shack that is modestly named, “International Quranic Open University.” and occasionally holds public relations events to project a non-threatening image to the non-Muslims outside.

Away from their eyes, however, Islamberg, which is located near the reservoir that supplies most of New York City’s drinking water, and the other MOA compounds in America train recruits in firearms usage, bomb making and guerilla warfare , as Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani declared in a recruiting video that was not intended for non-Muslim audiences:

“We give [our recruits] specialized training in guerilla warfare. We are at present establishing training camps. You can easily reach us at Open Quranic offices in upstate New York or in Canada or in South Carolina or in Pakistan.” – Syed Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani

In 2001, ATF Special Agent Thomas P. Gallagher testified in court that “Individuals from the organization [Muslims of the Americas] are trained in Hancock, N.Y., and if they pass the training in Hancock, N.Y., are then sent to Pakistan for training in paramilitary and survivalist training by Mr. Gilani.”

In 2009, Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro obtained a Muslims of the Americas tape showing women at Islamberg receiving guerilla warfare training while dressed in military fatigue. The trainees were seen marching in formation, practicing hand-to-hand combat, learning to use knives and swords and firing guns into a lake. Only the first two digits in the on-screen date could be seen, indicating it was made in 2000 or afterwards

In 2012, a former high-level Muslims of the Americas member that lived at Islamberg for two years described widespread abuse, forced marriages and brainwashing at the commune. He said that almost all of the children are privately schooled and are illiterate. He said that he saw a 50-year old woman tied to a tree and beaten for violating the strict moral code.

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Convicted Muslim terrorists using high security prison as recruiting ground for jihadists

 

A recent government publication has revealed how Muslim extremists are gaining alot of power and control in 1 of Britains highest security prisons hmp whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.The cat A prison is home to 330 lifers of of 440  inmates including several convicted muslim terrorists.Over 2 years the amount of  muslims at hmp whitemoor had almost doubled to now account for a third of the entire prison population due to a massive amount converting whilst in there.  The top muslims with terrorist connections are spewing out hate and extremisms to the new converts, in effect brain washing them into becoming radicals and some point in the future when released potential terrorists ready to join the jihad

Full Report here—>http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/research-and-analysis/moj-research/staff-prisoner-relations-whitemoor.pdf

“Here, in prison, you just spread hatred against the British government, 
against non-Muslims, that’s it, you are leader, that’s it” (Prisoner).

Inmates at HMP Whitemoor told researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Justice that they changed their faith for protection or because they were bullied into it.Prison guards said they had a policy of “appeasement” towards the powerful and growing Islamic population, particularly convicted terrorists who were feared to be recruiting future extremists.Non-believers avoided confrontation with any Muslim in case it led to retribution from the wider group, and said they even avoided cooking pork or bacon in communal kitchens or undressing in the showers in case it caused offence.Following concerns over Islamic radicalisation in a 2008 report by inspectors,researchers revisited Whitemoor They found that more than a third (35 to 39 per cent) of prisoners are now Muslims, compared with 11 per cent across all jails.Many of those they spoke to had converted while inside but they had mixed motivations for doing so, and not all had done so voluntarily.Loners including sex offenders gained safety from joining a large and dominant group, as fellow members would defend them.Non-Muslims and prison officers claimed that it was an “organised gang” and a “protection racket” rather than a religion, which “glorified terrorist behaviour and exploited the fear related to it”.Others said they had felt under pressure to convert, with people leaving Islamic literature in their cells and telling them to “read this”, or promising they would be safe from physical assault if they changed faith.“The threat of assaults motivated by religious fanaticism or extremist ideology added weight to the atmosphere at Whitemoor.”Some prisoners described the place as a “recruiting drive for the Taliban” and fertile ground for hatred and a new generation of extremists.One inmate said he was targeted because he wore a Remembrance Day poppy and his brother served in the Army, with people shouting “your wife’s burning in hell because she’s not a Muslim” at him.

“The threat of assaults motivated by religious fanaticism or extremist ideology added 
weight to the atmosphere at Whitemoor. Staff and prisoners were ‘on the alert’ and 
were in fear of violent attacks “(Officer).

The report said some prisoners were ready to engage politically, i.e. to support a war
which they saw as motivated by religious animosities (by Western oppression to the
Islamic Taliban regime). Some prisoners were adopting ‘distorted views’ preached
to them by extremist prisoners that ignored underlying political and social
complexities, painting a picture of oppression and religious discrimination of a
Muslim faith community. This account legitimated a ‘fight against the oppressors’
by means of terrorist attacks. This position misused important tenets of the faith,
portraying Islam as a religion that approved violence in the name of God. This
version of Islam could be ´highly explosive´.

“You’ve got your proper Al Qaeda members. They’re the top dogs, they 
are the recruiters. There will be a hierarchy of people and they’re right at 
the top. They don’t do the dirty work, they don’t do the assaults. They 
will get people below them and they’re adored because they’re so high 
up, they’re so dangerous, they’re so evil”(officer)

The report also found:

 Conditions in the prison made participation in Islamic practices the most ‘available’
option for those looking for belonging, meaning, ‘brotherhood’, trust and friendship.
 Among the sample of Whitemoor prisoners, conversions to Islam in prison were high,
and contributed to the high proportion of Muslim prisoners in the population. Twelve of
a sample of 23 Muslim prisoners interviewed in the research (there were 52 prisoners
in the sample in total) were in-prison conversions.
 Non-Muslim faith groups were less well provided for at the time of the research.
 Faith ‘identities’ were being adopted and used in many ways at Whitemoor, including
for protection. The main motivations for turning to faith were: sense-making,
searching for meaning, identity, and structure; dealing with the pains of long-term
imprisonment; seeking ‘brotherhood’/family; or ‘anchored relations’; seeking care and
protection; gang membership; rebellion; and coercion. (The term ‘brotherhood’ used
here meant belonging to the group. It had no broader meaning and was not linked in
any interview to any specific organisation).
 There was considerable ignorance and confusion (even among recently converted
prisoners) about the Islamic faith. Those with extremist views could fill a gap in
knowledge with misinformation and misinterpretation or could point to illegitimate staff
practices as a reason for upholding oppositional views. Support for moderate
interpretations of Islam was ‘muted’ at the time of the research.
 There were some intimidating ‘heavy players’ among the Muslim population, who
appeared to be orchestrating prison power dynamics rather than propagating or
following the faith. Many physically powerful prisoners ‘re-established their outside
identities’ as leaders in the prison and used their (newly acquired) faith status as a
tool for establishing influence.
 Non-Muslim prisoners described wearing underpants in the showers on some spurs
(out of ‘respect’ and fear) and some Muslim prisoners described a form of intimidation
exerted (‘they probably do feel shamed’) relating to cooking (especially frying bacon)
in the kitchens.
 Conflict and tension existed between and within faith groups.

 Sensitivities and lack of knowledge in a new multicultural context, together with the
rise in religious extremism, and the rise in ethno-religious conflict globally, led to a risk
of faith becoming the new ‘no-go area’ in prison.
 Staff sometimes viewed any outward appearance of Islam as evidence of
radicalisation, rather than a manifestation of faith, and these ‘signs’ were written up in
security reports. Staff perceived Islam as a radical religion; they over-estimated
extremism; this ‘pushed prisoners together’, reinforced their views and gave them
more power