A former New York prisons official testified Wednesday that radical Muslims have made “sustained efforts” to indoctrinate inmates in America, at the second hearing on Islamic radicalization held by Rep. Peter King.
Michael Downing, a top official in the Los Angeles Police Department, described the conversions as a “phenomena of low volume,” but one that holds “high consequence” considering the sheer size of the U.S. prison population.
“We do have a problem,” he said. “Prisons are communities at risk.”
King, R-N.Y., claims the prisons are a hotbed of radical conversion, but that he’s not targeting Muslims.
“What I’m targeting is violent terrorists and extremists, and … the fact is that Al Qaeda itself has said it will recruit within the Muslim-American community. That’s the reality,” he told Fox News.