U.S. federal prison officials are allowing some incarcerated inmates linked to jihadi groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to lead religious services, a watchdog government agency revealed recently.
“We found that some institutions permitted inmates with a known nexus to international or domestic terrorism to lead religious services,” the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) noted in an audit issued this month.
Due to a lack of an acceptable certifying body for prison imams, DOJ’s IG Michael Horowitz found that improperly vetted Islamic workers posed a security risk.
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that manages the federal inmate population is a DOJ component.
Prison administrators even ascribed religious titles to the Islamic terrorist, such as amir, which translates to ruler or commander of the faithful, the OIG revealed.
BOP’s practice of allowing terrorists to lead worship services and ascribing them