Thursday, July 30, 2009

UPDATE Legal jihad

From The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging limits on group prayer on behalf of Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, whom we’ve discussed on Northern Virginiastan, and another inmate, Enaam Arnaout. Both Royer and Arnaout are inmates at the Federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. They are being held in the Communications Management Unit (CMU), which seeks to monitor inmates’ outside contacts. Thirty of 40 inmates – that’s right, 75% - in the CMU are Muslims.

Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer has had contact with blogger Umar Lee since incarceration.

“The ACLU contends that [restricting group prayer] violates a federal law barring the government from restricting religious activities without showing a compelling need.”

The Federal government has it right this time: there is a “compelling need” to restrict religious activities, in this case, group prayer, as it would be a means of the prisoners to conspire among themselves.

Royer, a former communications specialist for CAIR, was part of the Virginia paintball gang. The mainstream media (MSM) portrayed the Virginia paintball gang as just a bunch of guys engaged in fun and games. The truth is more damning.

Counts 2-5 of the indictment against Royer and his comrades state that Royer and others had commenced an expedition against a friendly nation, namely India. Some Americans might consider these charges to be dubious: how do these charges impact the U.S.? Royer was recruiting for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. LeT was behind the brazen terrorist attack last November in Mumbai, India, in which Americans were targeted and murdered.

UPDATE: Anti-terrorism activist Debra Burlingame, sister of pilot Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, whose jet was crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about conducting jihad from prison (hat tip: Atlas Shrugs). While Ms. Burlingame's article focuses on the lifting of security measures imposed on Richard Reid, the notorious "Shoe Bomber," she cites the case of Royer and Enaam Arnaout towards the end of the article.

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