Blind Cleric Justice
For those of you who think that Moussaoui's life sentence is somehow better punishment than the death , that he is going to "rot in prison", or that we robbed him of martyrdom. Consider this. Omar Abdel-Rahman,the Egyptian "Blind Cleric", who was sentenced to life in 1995 for the 1993 WTC Bombing. has staged hunger strikes and garnered support at websites likeThis one.His lawyer, Lynne Stewart was convicted for helping Abdel-Rahmen communicate with his followers in Egypt.
TRENTON, N.J. - Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Muslim cleric convicted a decade ago of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, remains a concern for New Jersey authorities, wary that his poor health may spur terrorist activity, state Attorney General Peter C. Harvey said Thursday.
Abdel-Rahman is serving a life term in federal prison. But information about the radical Egyptian sheik has been scarce, particularly after his former lawyer, Lynne Stewart, was convicted earlier this year of sneaking messages from him to his disciples.
"It's his followers and also people who adhere to his teachings who concern us. We all have seen information that suggests there could be some activity that surrounds the state of his health, or some worse event that may happen to him. So we have to pay attention to it," Harvey said following a news conference at which state officials discussed beefed up security in New Jersey because of the terrorist bombings in London.
In Moussaoui's case, is there any reason to believe he won't preach the same hatred as Abdel Rahmen in our prison, contact future muhajideen, and perhaps even influence a terrorist attack? It's a safe bet he will at least try, and even more likely he'll be able to practice dawa to fellow inmates who aren't lifers. None of this bodes well for Americans, who need to take a hard look at a justice system that isn't designed to deal with violent jihad.