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senate Bill S. 1684

Should Convicted Terrorists Be Ineligible for Early Release from Federal Prison?

Argument in favor

Convicted terrorists have committed serious offenses against the U.S. and global security. They shouldn’t be eligible for early release from federal prison because of the risk that they’ll return to their terror group and go back to posing a threat to public safety.

Leslie's Opinion
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08/03/2019
Need to include domestic terrorists, those that committed mass murder in public places in the US & hate crime perpetrators like white supremacists!
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Gopin2018's Opinion
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08/03/2019
Convicted Nazis at Nuremberg weren’t eligible for early release so why would we let Islamic Nazi terrorist out early, they should never be released from prison but die their from old age or death penalty. #MAGA #AlwaysRember9/11
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Dale's Opinion
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08/03/2019
Why is this even a question. They should never get out!
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Argument opposed

Terrorists are entitled to the same opportunity for early release as any other prisoner. To date, no released terrorist has returned to terrorist activities against the U.S. — so there’s no reason to rule out the possibility of allowing early release for such persons.

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08/03/2019
It’s that time when, with elections on the horizon, incumbent politicians need to pad their resumes with their good sounding but ill-conceived legislation. This is one of those... If a convict’s crime warrants severe restrictions, that should be part of the judicial and sentencing process- not by a political one-size-fits-all ‘solution’ that could never consider the particulars of the crime, the defendants role nor their intent- this proposed legislation effectively calls for cruel and unusual punishment.
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Matt's Opinion
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08/03/2019
Disingenuous gop deflection from our current problems. Idiots and angry kids with easy access to guns have become our greatest security risk. This bill sounds like gop posturing to play tough at the windmills they’re fixated on while our country burns down internally.
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08/03/2019
I wouldn’t vote for anything by Lying Tom Cotton. Legislative fluff to pad a pathetic resume.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMay 23rd, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 1684?

This bill — the No Leniency for Terrorists Act of 2019 — would make anyone convicted of a terrorist offense ineligible for early release from federal prison for good behavior. Under current federal law, any federal prisoner can be released early for “exemplary compliance with institutional disciplinary regulations” even if they were convicted on terrorism charges.

Impact

Persons convicted of terrorist offenses; persons convicted of terrorist offenses who are being held in federal prison; and early release for good behavior for persons convicted of terrorist offenses.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1684

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced this bill to make anyone convicted of a terrorist offense ineligible for early release from federal prison for good behavior

“Our safety depends on keeping dangerous terrorists where they can't harm Americans, but right now even unrepentant terrorists are eligible for early release from prison, sometimes for so-called ‘good behavior.' Supporting radical Islamist groups like ISIS is savage behavior, not good behavior. Our bill would make convicted terrorists ineligible for early release.”

House sponsor Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) adds

“A convicted terrorist walking free before his sentence is completed should never happen again. The Spann family asked me to address this injustice, and I want to make sure no other family has to go through what they have been through.  The No Leniency for Terrorists Act will prevent terrorists from taking advantage of our laws to avoid paying their debt to society. We must ensure that terrorists will remain behind bars where they belong.”

The Intercept argues that the release of convicted terrorists doesn’t pose a threat to public safety

“[T]hose who believe Lindh’s release should raise fresh fears for our collective safety simply haven’t been paying attention. Lindh is unique as a cultural figure — his capture in Afghanistan made him a modern-day Benedict Arnold — but he is just one of more than 400 convicted terrorists who have been released from U.S. prisons since 9/11. In fact, Lindh isn’t even the only convicted terrorist being released over the course of a week in late May. Charlton Edward La Chase, who wanted to be — in his words — “the first deaf person to create American casualties in the name of ISIS,” was freed on May 24. Michael Todd Wolfe, who planned to head to Syria to join ISIS, will be released May 30. Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has over the past few years released dozens of name-brand terrorists. U.S. officials have no special program to monitor these people or help reintegrate them into a society that may continue to see them as the enemy… So far, none of the convicted Islamist terrorists released from federal prison have been charged with new terrorism-related offenses or have been alleged to be part of a terrorist plot in the United States. Take the so-called Liberty City Seven: a group, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in a national press conference, that wanted to wage ‘a full ground war’ against the United States. Its alleged members have all been freed; their purported leader, Narseal Batiste, is now a painter in Houston. Bryant Neal Vinas, who was captured in Pakistan and admitted to firing rockets on U.S. military bases in September 2008, is living in New York, having received a lenient sentence after working with the government as a cooperating witness. Even Najibullah Zazi, once described by former Attorney General Eric Holder as “one of the most serious terrorist threats to our nation” since 9/11, should be released soon. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison — which he’s already served — after also having worked with the government as an informant. None of this is to say that the prospect of 'terrorist recidivism' isn’t real; it’s just debatable how serious the concern should be about released convicts like Lindh.”

This bill has one Senate cosponsor, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). Its House companion, sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), has 10 bipartisan House cosponsors, including nine Republicans and one Democrat. As of July 31, 2019, neither bill had received a committee vote.


Of NoteJohn Walker Lindh, an American citizen who left the country to join the Taliban, was released early from prison on May 23, 2019. Lindh had been caught on the battlefield by U.S. military forces, convicted of providing material support to the Taliban and sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

Ultimately, Lindh only served 17 years of his sentence and got three years off for good behavior. While being held prisoner in Afghanistan in November 2001, Lindh participated in a violent uprising with his fellow Taliban prisoners which resulted in the death of CIA officer and Alabama native Johnny Michael Spann. This made Spann the first American killed during the War on Terror in Afghanistan. While in prison, he continued supporting the actions and missions of ISIS and the Taliban, As recently as 2015, Lindh wrote in a letter from prison that ISIS was “doing a spectacular job.”

Rep. Byrne’s office reports that in addition to Lindh, there are 108 other terrorist offenders who are scheduled to complete their sentences and be released from U.S. federal prison over the next few years. 


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Motortion)

AKA

No Leniency for Terrorists Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to prevent prisoners who have been convicted of terrorism related offenses from being eligible for early release, and for other purposes.

    Need to include domestic terrorists, those that committed mass murder in public places in the US & hate crime perpetrators like white supremacists!
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    It’s that time when, with elections on the horizon, incumbent politicians need to pad their resumes with their good sounding but ill-conceived legislation. This is one of those... If a convict’s crime warrants severe restrictions, that should be part of the judicial and sentencing process- not by a political one-size-fits-all ‘solution’ that could never consider the particulars of the crime, the defendants role nor their intent- this proposed legislation effectively calls for cruel and unusual punishment.
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    Disingenuous gop deflection from our current problems. Idiots and angry kids with easy access to guns have become our greatest security risk. This bill sounds like gop posturing to play tough at the windmills they’re fixated on while our country burns down internally.
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    I wouldn’t vote for anything by Lying Tom Cotton. Legislative fluff to pad a pathetic resume.
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    This tough on crime attitude is fear mongering at its best. Guess what, if we want to ignore the rule of law and human rights, other countries can do this against Americans if they wish. Remember the glass houses parable, the golden rule, etc. Don’t be blinded by fear and rhetoric.
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    Convicted Nazis at Nuremberg weren’t eligible for early release so why would we let Islamic Nazi terrorist out early, they should never be released from prison but die their from old age or death penalty. #MAGA #AlwaysRember9/11
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    Why is this even a question. They should never get out!
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    Why are we paying to keep them in prison? This is what the death penalty is for.
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    Another useless waste of taxpayers money to create more laws to appear like a useless person actually does something for the Country. The root cause of terrorism, is Conservatism and its senseless and harmful oppression.
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    Here’s an idea: how about we let prison officials determine who should be released early and who shouldn’t instead of far-right politicians who are just looking for an excuse to be “tough on crime” and overcrowding our prisons!
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    Remember what they are...Terrorists! Never let terrorists out of prison early!
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    I certainly don't want any of these people on the streets anytime soon. No early release and not because of recidivism, but because their crimes and intent are so viscous. Their crimes and convictions are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_people_imprisoned_on_charges_of_terrorism
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    How about domestic terrorists which seem to be the real issue facing the USA. Yet you scaremonger about brown people coming across the southern border and people seeking asylum from countries where in most cases the USA created the situations their fleeing from. The cruelty ignorance and racism of the GOP and it’s backers, shows how fucked up these people have become mentally.
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    Once a terrorist, always a terrorist.
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    If prison is, as we claim, rehabilitative, then any prisoner must be able to show rehabilitation and expect some reward for that. If there is no possibility of improved conditions then why would any prisoner work to make themselves better people? This bill begs for prison populations to run riot.
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    Obviously it depends on the "terror" . If someone convicted of murder doing 30 years can get let out early on good behavior then that right should be included for other offenders, including “terrorists". Be careful on who the government difines as a "terrorist" because, if your like me, I don't wholeheartedly trust the people in power at this present time or at any time before to be honest. Anyone remember the United Fruit Company?
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    Yea Bakerswild, you got one through to me. Hooray! Love your comments!
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    Some crimes warrant lifetime incarceration this is one of them.
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    Since “terrorism” to this administration includes only brown Muslims, this is again just a racist sop to Trump’s yahoo base.
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    While I agree with this bill to an extent, it must include domestic terrorists White nationalists Nazis klansman Etc.❗🚔⚖
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