Saturday, April 21, 2007

Stirring Up the Stir

Australian authorities are concerned that radical Islamists are recruiting the most hardened and vicious criminals in Australian jails. "Called the 'Super Max Jihadists', they are easily identifiable, with shaven heads, long beards, carrying prayer beads and conducting prayers at least three times a day in their cells." This glimpse into Austrlian prison spirituality is provided by the Brisbane Times.

Their ringleader and powerbroker is Bassam Hamzy, jailed for 21 years for the cold-blooded shooting murder of an 18-year-old man outside the Mr Goodbar nightclub in Oxford Street in 1998.

Prison officers have confiscated pictures of Osama bin Laden from the walls of Hamzy's cell. Prisoners have been captured on surveillance tapes kneeling in front of Hamzy and kissing his hands.

The 37 Super Max inmates, including backpacker serial killer Ivan Milat, have committed 48 murders and are serving combined sentences of 550 years.

Now 12 of them claim adherence to Islam and form a close-knit culture in the purpose-built jail within a jail. Under Mr Hatzistergos's new measures, Hamzy and his apostles will be deemed "extreme high security" and be subject to controls that can be ordered at any time by NSW Corrective Services commissioner Ron Woodham.

The wardens are now trying to control the flow of funds being sent to the Super Max Jihadis and reserve the right to move the men around as they see fit, in addition to monitoring their communications, mail and conversations. Mr Hatzistergos says "the thought that somehow religion has acted as a catharsis for them and made them see the light is, quite frankly, ludicrous." Oh, he of little faith.


Blogger trangbang1968 said...

Islam is a perfect vehicle for convicts to focus their fantasies of wreaking vengeance on the elites of the world who denied them their place at the table.This is why it is much more dangerous than Marxism in stirring the rabble to overthrow the existing order

4/21/2007 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

If you look at the muslims that have comitted crimes in the US, for example the graduate student at UNC who tried to kill students in the center plaza, they seem to be very forthcoming about their crime. It's almost as if they wanted to get into a prison for some reason.

The prisons in Britain are being used as a source of recruits and I personally think that the muslims, in this country and any other place that is concerned about the future, should be held in isolation. What are being recruited are the hit men who already have experience. In fact anyone who has been considered an imam should be sent to Guantanamo to find their recruits from the already converted.

4/22/2007 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Pascal Fervor said...

The reasons Leftists have invented for not executing even the most violent killers usually exploited liberal themes.

That sham is so ready to be shattered. Refuse to hear any more of such nonsense.

In light of the Left's open cheering for radical Islamists, and now given the Left's tolerance for this sort of inmate recruiting, the questions I ask are:

How long before they storm a Bastille? And in which country will it happen first?

4/22/2007 04:18:00 AM  
Blogger JakeGint said...

How long before they storm a Bastille? And in which country will it happen first?

I'm to assume Monsieur's question est rhetorical, non?

4/22/2007 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Pascal Fervor said...

Heh, heh. But now that you point it out, maybe I wasn't all that clever.

Certainly the first is a pool question. Nobody knows the answer as to when, but a major prison break is in the brew.

And given that France's Napoleanic Code is more harsh than the English tradition, the second question isn't necessary that rhetorical. Still it is fun to see it that way. Who knows: the Frogs may be laughing longer than they've any right to.


On a more serious note, I find it puzzling that this is one of Wretchard's stories with the lowest number of responses.

Am I the only who sees imminent danger unless the West rethinks one of its fondest self-congratulatory policies?

4/24/2007 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Pascal Fervor said...


You may wish to tie your post to this story for the reasons I have already mentioned Saudis Arrest 172 in Alleged Terror Plot.

Of consequence to your story and pertinent to my points raised here and at my own site is this excerpt: The militants also planned to storm Saudi prisons to free jailed militants, the ministry's statement said.

Contrast Western with Saudi prison rules and interrogation policies. Now, do you suppose Western prisons are more or less susceptible to such plots?

4/28/2007 03:43:00 AM  

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