The recent Paris terror attacks: hatred honed on a prison yard; time to shift the paradigm

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
January 15 2015

Jihadism Born in a Paris Park and Fueled in the Prison Yard

Yet another tale of how sending young people to prison not only did no good, it actually did harm. Here, young militant Islamists went to prison where they honed their skills

“Members of the group behind last week’s deadly terror attacks became known by the name of a park where they used to work out in a neighborhood that has produced some of Europe’s most militant jihadists.”

PARIS — They jogged together or did calisthenics along the hilly lawns and tulip-dotted gardens of Buttes-Chaumont, the public park in northeastern Paris built more than a century ago under Emperor Napoleon III. Or they met in nearby apartments with a janitor turned self-proclaimed imam, a man deemed too radical by one local mosque because of his call for waging jihad in Iraq.

The group of young Muslim men, some still teenagers, became known to the French authorities as the Buttes-Chaumont group after the police in 2005 broke up their pipeline for sending young French Muslims from their immigrant neighborhood to fight against American troops in Iraq. The arrests seemingly shattered the group, and some officials and experts were skeptical that members ever posed a threat to France.

But the shocking terror attacks last week in Paris have now made plain that the Buttes-Chaumont network produced some of Europe’s most militant jihadists, including Chérif Kouachi, one of the three terrorists whose three-day rampage left 17 people dead and who was killed by the police. * * * “They were considered the least dangerous,” Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East studies and specialist on French Islamic terror cells, said of the Buttes-Chaumont group. “And now you see them really at the forefront.”

Read the full New York Times story here.

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The picture associated with this post represents a client of Jay’s [Commander X] that fled America because his bail conditions were too restrictive. The case involved a digital revolution protest.

[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. He wrote the first-ever defense of medical marijuana cases book in California. Jay is pro-privacy for the individual and believes in transparency for the state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]

One thought on “The recent Paris terror attacks: hatred honed on a prison yard; time to shift the paradigm

  1. I just rubbed under my nose with my index finger, and I noticed a spot. They’re at three o’clock. They could be shifting around. Better put up a barrier there,. They could be his cat.

    Said it’s a parking lot in the mainstream. I do not wish to be one. Judges and their kin may worry when I have hidden two and a half million Commander Xs among you. We what have more horse sense and who hid my lady, shut up. We’re all going to share. We are all human. I’ma talkin’ my beer.

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