Last year, six Somalian refugees from Minnesota were convicted of plotting to join ISIS in Syria, but one of them didn’t have to go to prison when a U.S. federal judge decided to assign him to rehab. Thus, Abdullahi Mohamed Yusuf, 21, was enrolled in an experimental terrorist rehabilitation program. Well, the judge’s little experiment bombed.
Developed in Europe, the program operates on the principles of the “countering violent extremism,” also referred to as CVE According to a report by World Net Daily, the program is part of the global initiative backed by the United Nations.
Yusuf was sentenced in November to a 20-year supervised release. He was granted time served and sent to live in a halfway house where he gets counseling. Despite having to wear an ankle monitor and report to a probation officer, he was basically free to come and go — just so long as the did not “possess, view, access, or otherwise use material that reflects extremist or terroristic views or as deemed to be inappropriate by the U.S. Probation Office.”
Last week, less than six months from the time of his release, Yusuf had to be returned to federal custody for allegedly failing a polygraph test and watching a documentary about ISIS.
This new approach to supervising federal terrorism cases was approved by federal Judge Michael Davis and the U.S. District Court’s Probation and Pretrial Services department. Yusuf was chosen to be the poster boy for “de-radicalization.”
However, the program designed to disengage and de-radicalize the young jihadist isn’t exactly working despite the fact that Yusuf had “a medium to low risk of future offending and a comparatively advanced stage of disengagement,” according to court filings.
Retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2015, Philip Haney told reporters that the “countering violent extremism” movement to rehabilitate terrorists began in Europe and was brought to the U.S. by the Obama administration. “Rehabilitation is part of CVE. In fact, the idea that terrorists can be rehabilitated is woven into the overall CVE concept,” said Haney, co-author of the book “See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
Noting that all such programs have been “demonstrable failures,” Haney noted, “They started with Saudi Arabia rehabbing Gitmo prisoners, and it’s actually achieved the opposite results.”
Data released in March shows that “a total of 121 former Gitmo detainees have re-entered the battlefield. Another 87 former detainees are suspected of rejoining the ranks of their brother terrorists. The total of 208 confirmed and suspected terrorists makes up 30 percent of all those released from Gitmo.”
To see the full report, go to WND.
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