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Patrick Dunleavy, Investigative Project on Terrorism: Jihadist Tactics 101 - Going on the Dole

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Jihadist Tactics 101 - Going on the Dole

by Patrick Dunleavy
IPT News
October 17, 2016
IPT Senior Fellow Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad. He currently teaches a class on terrorism for the United States Military Special Operations School

Milking the system for all they can get now appears to be a strategy employed by radical Islamic extremists. While counter terrorism investigators were busy searching for the funding terrorist organizations used to plan attacks and get out their message of violence against all non-believers, there is one place nobody thought to look: the social welfare line.
We now know that some of the individuals involved in the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels were supported by benefits supplied by Europe's social welfare net.
Some of the money came from unemployment claims and some came from student assistance claims submitted by the terrorists while they were planning the attacks.
"We've identified that the benefit system is vulnerable to abuse for terrorist financing purposes," Tom Keatinge, director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London said. And then he posed the question, "What are we going to do about that?"
One of those who received benefits was Anjem Choudary, the radical Islamic preacher who for more than 20 years proselytized and recruited people to a radical form of Islam that encourages jihad as a necessary tenet of the faith. He did it on street corners, mosques, and in front of television cameras.
Choudary received more than £25,000, or roughly $40,000 a year, in social benefits. He had the audacity to call those payments "Jihad Seeker's Allowance." He described it to his flock of potential jihadists as a form of jizya.
According to the Quran and the Hadiths, the jizya is a per capita yearly tax historically levied by Islamic states on certain non-Muslim subjects permanently residing in Muslim lands under Islamic law. Choudary taught that milking the social welfare system was another form of collecting the payment that was owed to Muslims.

Sly like a fox, he avoided prosecution for years because no direct contact between him and a terrorist organization could be proven. But then British authorities uncovered a video of Choudary pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. He was convicted of providing material support to a terrorist organization and was sentenced to a mere 5½ years in a specialized maximum security unit.