Add convicted terrorist Rafiq Sabir to the growing list of incarcerated radical Islamic terrorists who are suing the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for allegedly violating their rights. Sabir is serving a 25 year sentence after a 2007 conviction for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida. Sabir's attorneys argued "that he was a gullible man" and only pretended to pledge bayat to al-Qaida to impress someone. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska saw it differently. She felt that Sabir lacked remorse and imposed the stricter sentence to deter others who would seek to join a terrorist organization.
The case is an example of how terrorists, once captured and incarcerated, learn how to manipulate the system, by using the courts to claim "rights" from a government they were all too eager to overthrow. The more time terrorists spend in prison, the more likely they are to become "jailwise," that is, knowing how to exploit the system for all they can get. They learn how to using the legal system to advance their cause. They also find a sympathetic ear and support from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Muslim Advocates, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or the Human Rights Commission.