Reformed radical turned counter-extremism activist Maajid Nawaz is opening up about how he saw tortured Islamist prisoners turn violent after enduring horrific abuse and explains the importance of having a government that defends human rights on ” Tucker Carlson Today .”
As a young man in the United Kingdom, Nawaz witnessed unspeakable violence that inspired him to seek out a sense of belonging and protection in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist organization that sought to impose a caliphate over the world.
His ideas and organization participation, though not violent, led him on a journey to recruit others. He arrived in Egypt a day before the 9/11 attacks where he studied Arabic and set up group chapters. After a government clampdown, his house was raided and at 24-years-old in Egypt, he was jailed for his thoughts. What he witnessed changed his life.
“To get to that prison, you first have to go through the torture dungeon,” he said. “…We were tied with rags around our eyes and our hands, and my number was 42…What they would do in that underground torture dungeon is they’d go through a roll call … Number one is called. The guard leads him off to the torture facility and everyone else hears the screams of number one…”
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Nawaz, who was forced to watch his friend be tortured after Nawaz only answered for his name and organization, detailed how officials electrocuted prisoners’ te