Grassley Raises Concerns on Prisons Using Terror-Tied Groups to Vet Islamic Chaplains

A top Senate Republican is warning that the federal Bureau of Prisons could be letting Muslim groups with terror ties vet chaplains and religious instructors, increasing the risk of indoctrination and radicalism behind bars.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to the agency, flagged “recent revelations that the bureau enlisted an organization previously found to have ties to terrorist organizations” to screen potential Islamic chaplains.

“It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is stopped at the gates of each prison. Currently, it is not clear whether the BOP is doing so,” Grassley wrote in the Jan. 27 letter to BOP Acting Director Thomas Kane, asking for clarification on the prisons’ vetting policies and compliance . . .

One of those organizations turned out to be the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case in 2008. In that case, five members of the Holy Land Foundation were convicted of funneling $12 million to Hamas, which is a designated terrorist organization under U.S. law. (Read more from “Grassley Raises Concerns on Prisons Using Terror-Tied Groups to Vet Islamic Chaplains” HERE)

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