When a teen from Minnesota’s huge Somali population pleaded guilty last year to planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS, a federal judge decided to give him one more chance.
It didn’t end well for Abdullahi Yusuf, who was initially spared hard time and instead ordered to temper his radicalism by studying Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, yet was caught with a contraband weapon and ordered back to prison. But U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, who offered Yusuf the break, is determined to prove radicalized Americans can be convinced to change.
“We’re setting up the first program in the country,” Davis said last week after announcing a program to “de-radicalize” terrorists. “And it’s baby steps.”
Referring to the program he ordered designed as a “proactive” effort in “trying to protect and serve the community,” Davis made it available to four area men who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS. Details of the program have not been released, but Davis has brought in international experts to help launch it.
“This approach is the first time in the history of the United States and will introduce a complete new strategy in dealing with home-grown radicalization,” Director of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies Daniel Koehler, who will help design the program, told FoxNews.com.