What It’s About: Understanding of radicalization and terrorist recruitment. Detailed account of Islamic extremist terrorism recruiting within the United States correctional system and abroad. Incarcerated terrorists’ ability to influence other prisoners towards radical beliefs. Role that radical extremist literature and clergy play in the radicalization process. Ability to reach beyond the walls and maintain contact with terrorist organizations. Terror attacks orchestrated from prison cells. Steps western democracies must take to neutralize prison radicalization. Should there be a national registry that monitors and tracks released terrorists? Use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by organizations such as CAIR and the ACLU to file lawsuits against the Bureau of Prisons to overturn stringent security measures placed on convicted terrorists.
Presenter: Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for the New York State Department of Correctional Services, having completed a 26-year career in the New York State Criminal Justice System in which he became head of the Criminal Intelligence Division. Following 9/11, he worked with the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, overseeing a multi-agency investigation - “Operation Hades” – that probed the influences of a radical Islamic recruitment cell operating in the prison system. Dunleavy has testified as an expert witness before the House Committee on Homeland Security regarding the threat of Islamic radicalization in U.S. prisons. He is the author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad - Terrorism’s Prison Connection and has written extensively on counterterrorism and law enforcement. He has given numerous seminars at law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including the FBI Academy, the CIA Terrorist Threat Integration Center, Scotland Yard, the Canadian Intelligence Services, and the Toronto Metropolitan Police Department; and, currently teaches a class on prison radicalization for the United States Air Force’s Special Operations School’s “Dynamics of International Terrorism” course.