Outrage is growing over the “soft” treatment of an Islamic terrorist responsible for the abuse and deaths of four Americans

Sudan-born former British citizen El Shafee Elsheikh joined ISIS and committed atrocities in Iraq and Syria between 2012 and 2015. Elsheikh was personally involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of 26 journalists and aides, including four Americans. spared the death penalty In order for British prosecutors to cooperate, the Islamist terrorist was finally brought to the United States to stand trial there, courtesy of former US Attorney General William Barr. He was subsequently sentenced to eight life sentences by a US district court in Virginia on August 19.

Although he was to spend the rest of his days in solitary confinement in an American supermax prison, the Daily Mail reported reported that he has been transferred to a more lax prison where he may be allowed to fraternize with other prisoners. This revelation has fueled both outrage and fears that the 34-year-old terrorist could radicalize some prison inmates.

The terrorist will reportedly avoid the Supermax because his lawyers suggest he has shown “signs of mental and physical deterioration from his current and past detention.” Lawyers reportedly cited multiple cases of prisoner suicides at supermax prison ADX Florence as an additional cause for concern.

The Center for Crime Prevention’s research director, David Spencer, told MailOnline: “If it’s about special treatment for him and it’s about his mental health, it looks up given what he’s done and the impact of his horrific actions his victims and your loved ones.”

Spencer noted that the decision not to incarcerate Elsheikh in the supermax prison, which holds others such terrorists and killers who pose a threat to national security, shows “a lack of consistency.”

A US prison insider said the mirror that the victims’ families have no idea how Elsheikh, the highest profile ISIS fighter on trial in the US, avoided supermax prison. “They were sure he would end his days at ADX, but now they were told he was being sent to the smaller correctional facility. It’s a huge slap in the face.”

The difference

ADX Florence, called “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” is America’s highest-security “supermax” prison. Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, ADX Florence is home to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing; Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber; Ramzi Yousef, the architect of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman and a handful of other terrorists and violent degenerates.

The prison’s approximately 410 inmates are confined 23 hours a day in solitary cells measuring 7″ x 12″. In the prisoners’ only hour outside of their concrete boxes, they are tied up and placed in a concrete ditch ten steps wide.

ADX Florence inmates eat and sleep alone.

Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri allegedly asked to be released and clawed at his door to get out. Hamza’s lawyers described the prison conditions as “inhuman and degrading”.

Elsheikh was reportedly spared internment at ADX Florence, whose “inhumane” conditions are far more humane than those he subjected his victims to. Instead, he will serve his sentence at USP Florence High.

USP High Florence, located on the same compound, houses 638 inmates. Unlike ADX Florence, which is a maximum security/administrative prison with maximum “control unit”, Florence High is a maximum security federal prison. The prison has visiting areas, educational program areas, a hairdresser, a commissioner, a chapel, and a practice area.

Unlike ADX Florence, Florence High allows for interaction between inmates and keeps prisoners in a less restrictive environment.

The crime

Raj Parekh, chief prosecutor and first assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, had requested that Elsheikh’s punishment end the Islamic terrorist group’s involvement in “the systematic torture and ill-treatment of its victims, which ultimately resulted in the horrific deaths of at least eight Americans.” was intended to reflect , inter alia, British and Japanese nationals, including gruesome executions that were videotaped and broadcast worldwide.”

Elsheikh’s prisoners were tortured in a variety of ways, including waterboarding, mock executions, starvation, electric shocks and prolonged beatings. Some of those who survived the torture were pitted to fight each other. Many were executed in front of the camera. Videos of their beheadings were shared widely on social media.

Elsheikh received his Convicted of hostage-taking and conspiracy to murder in April.

Judge TS Ellis III said the terrorist’s behavior could only be described as “terrible, barbaric, brutal, callous and of course criminal”.

The risk of radicalization

In England, the country where Elsheikh fled as a child refugee, prisons are hotbeds of Islamic extremism and radicalisation.

2014 former Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwickwho spent time in over 40 prisons, said he had observed a trend among inmates convicted of terrorism offenses who attempted to influence and pressure others.

Counterterrorism expert Ian Acheson, charged with investigating the spread of Islamic extremism, specified that Islamic hate literature was spreading in prisons. “My team has found evidence that jihadist radicalization in some UK prisons is such a serious problem that it threatens the legitimacy of the prisons.”

A series of terrorist attacks in Britain have been carried out by criminals who have been radicalized in British prisons.

When current British Prime Minister Liz Truss, then Minister for Justice, examined the trend, she remarked: “We cannot have a situation where we have extremist prisoners influencing others who are vulnerable to these messages.”

Islamists like Anjem Choudarylinked to a network of violent jihadists and brutal murdersThey often find an open-minded audience behind bars. Choudary, who was eventually placed in solitary confinement radicalized a wave of Muslims and encouraged them to wage jihad.

Former Al Qaeda recruiter Jesse Morton 2016 claimed that “when I was imprisoned for terrorist crimes, [radicalization] was very common in general, regular, or medium or maximum security prisons.”

While prison radicalization remains a problem in the UK, the US is by no means immune.

Former MP Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) accepted“Our federal prisons have become a breeding ground for radicalization over the years.”

Expert on prison radicalization Markus HammProfessor at Indiana State University, said FoxNews.com“It’s not the sheer number of prisoners who follow extremist interpretations of religious teachings that poses a threat… Rather, it’s the potential for the individual to become radicalized.”

While not immune to prison radicalization, a 2018 policy paper from George Washington University pointed out that American prisons like ADX Florence benefit from “isolation strategies”.

Unlike some European countries, which use collocation strategies where extremists are concentrated in one facility to make them less likely to radicalize those who don’t already share their views, certain American prisons allow extremists to be incarcerated and atomized in such a way that they cannot connect with other extremists or radicalize others.”

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Laura Coffey

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