How Denmark’s Muslim terrorist slipped through the net

(Reuters) – On Valentine’s Day, two weeks after his release from prison, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein walked up to a Copenhagen cafe hosting a debate on freedom of speech and sprayed it with bullets.

As a manhunt began, the 22-year-old went to ground. Nine hours later he launched a second assault, this time on a synagogue. Police eventually shot him dead, ending a rampage that left Danish filmmaker Finn Noergaard and security guard Dan Uzan dead, and six people wounded.

The attacks on Feb. 14 and 15 shocked Danes, who prize their country’s openness and sense of security. The country was further confounded when it emerged that prison officials had warned Denmark’s domestic intelligence agency that Hussein was at risk of being radicalized. If Denmark’s prison system – famed for its focus on rehabilitation and education over punishment – could not prevent a young man from turning into an Islamist killer, then perhaps it was not the model that many Danes believe it was. Parliament demanded an inquiry into the attacks and how both the prison system and the municipality had handled Hussein’s case.

  • simus1

    He wasn’t followed by anyone at all after leaving prison? How very odd.
    You would have thought all the different security agents and terrorist recruiters watching him would have been constantly bumping into each other.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    If Denmark’s prison system – famed for its focus on rehabilitation and education over punishment – could not prevent a young man from turning into an Islamist killer, then perhaps it was not the model that many Danes believe it was.

    Like they say in the music biz…You can’t polish a turd!

    • Seriously, this idea of prevention and rehab has not proved itself effective in the least.

      • Uncle_Waspy

        It’s a scam, you bet. Like so many bleeding heart initiatives, they’re meant to look good — not actually get results.

        Just a cursory glance at the US statistics reveals a recidivism rate of 76% for violent offenders. The rate is probably even higher when we consider it’s based upon only those repeat offenders who were actually caught and rearrested.

        http://www.nij.gov/topics/corrections/recidivism/pages/welcome.aspx

  • Stronger than Dirt

    Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment, according to an MRI study led by Sheilagh Hodgins and Nigel Blackwood. “One in five violent offenders is a psychopath. They have higher rates of recidivism and don’t benefit from rehabilitation programmes.
    http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20150128-psychopathic-violent-offenders-brains-cant-understand-punishment.html