An American effort to deradicalize a Somali refugee convicted of plotting to join ISIS has fallen flat.
Surprise, surprise, right?
A U.S. federal judge in Minnesota had initially enrolled one of six refugees facing the ISIS-tied charges into a deradicalization program.
But it didn’t work so well, it seems.
“After six Somali refugees were convicted of plotting to board planes and join ISIS in Syria, a U.S. federal judge in Minnesota decided to enroll one of them in an experimental terrorist rehabilitation program.
“The program was developed in Europe and operates on the principles of the “countering violent extremism” or CVE, which is also part of the global, United Nations-supported Strong Cities Network.
“Rather than going to prison, Abdullahi Mohamed Yusuf, 21, was sentenced in November to a 20-year supervised release. He was granted time served and sent to live in a halfway house. He receives counseling, reports to a probation officer and wears an ankle monitor but is otherwise free to come and go.
“But less than six months from the time he was released, Yusuf has already hit a road block.
“He was returned to federal custody last week for allegedly failing a polygraph test and watching a documentary about ISIS in Europe.
“According to a report by a U.S. probation officer, Yusuf failed a polygraph while under questioning, then admitted to watching CNN’s “ISIS: Behind the Mask,” a film about a Belgian ISIS soldier that was on TV April 18 at his halfway house, the Star-Tribune reported.”
You can take the man out of ISIS — but not the ISIS out of the man, it seems.
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