U.S. Law Enforcers Note Increase in Prison Tattoos With Hezbollah Imagery

October 9, 2013 5:21 pm 12 comments
"Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Army of God," by Matthew Levitt. Photo: Screenshot.

"Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Army of God," by Matthew Levitt. Photo: Screenshot.

U.S. law enforcers have noted an increase of tattoos on prison inmates, particularly in the Southwest, with script written in Farsi and with graphics depicting Hezbollah imagery, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a newly published book, “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Army of God,” by terrorism expert Matthew Levitt.

The WSJ said Hezbollah’s “operatives and sleeper cells are certainly in America. ‘Law enforcement officials across the Southwest,’ Mr. Levitt writes, ‘are reporting a rise in imprisoned gang members with Farsi tattoos,’ including some with Hezbollah imagery. Another official he quotes puts it this way: ‘You could almost pick your city and you would probably have a [Hezbollah] presence.’”

While Hezbollah has yet to mount an attack on U.S. soil, the group’s chief patron, Iran,  is not reluctant to do so, the WSJ said. “In 2011, Tehran tried to hire a drug trafficker in Mexico to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in a Washington, D.C., restaurant (the would-be assassin turned out to be a federal agent). And Iranian diplomat Mohsen Rabbani, who masterminded Hezbollah’s attacks in Argentina in the 1990s, assisted a (foiled) plot to bomb JFK Airport in New York City in 2007. Whether Hezbollah would strike the American homeland is an open question. But as Matthew Levitt’s well-researched book makes clear, it isn’t an outlandish one.”

Levitt is a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is a former FBI counter-terrorism analyst.

Until the 9/11 2001 terror attacks , no terrorist organization had killed more Americans than Hezbollah, the WSJ writes. “Today it remains an efficient global terror operation, having executed bombings on four continents, built a presence on six and even branched out to drug trafficking.”

12 Comments

  • Awesome tattoo, mind if I share this?

  • hhhhhmmmmm….i want to be intrigued and believe this but 1) muslims are not allowed to have tattoos so why would a very religuous group not explicitly prohibit its members from tattooing themselves if they started to see a trend and 2) hezbollah members though supported by iran are arab and surely dont speak farsi – moreover anything religious they would have tattooed, be it an arab or iranian, would have it tatooed in arabic – the original language of the koran. this just some brainwashing propaganda

    • You’re applying logic to the actions of convicts and outcasts that are imprisoned and would love for nothing else other than to cause disruption and conflict in people’s lives. The reason these outcasts, whether imprisoned or not, take so well to Islam is because it’s a made up religion that allows for adaptations of personal choice. Mix that with American pride and you get a tatooed, Faallah worshipping jihadist happy to be causing trouble in different ways.

    • BECAUSE THESE SO-CALLED MUSLIMS ARE NEITHER OBSERVANT NOR RELIGIOUS.

  • So they are marking themselves for easier identification by law enforcement? Great idea. Keep it up.

  • What is the US government waiting for, before they round up these criminals and murderers? If we know who they are and where they are,what more do we need: yet ANOTHER 9/11?

  • Why Farsi when Hezbollah is supposedly a native Lebanese Shia (Arab)movement? Isn’t it enough for them to serve as Iran’s global shock troops so the uniformed and disingenuous can claim that Iran has never invaded anyone and doesn’t have military bases outside its territory? There are, of course, plenty of Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives in the Americas, but they are “business men” committing “white collar” crimes to pay the wages of their boot boys and unlikely to be found wearing tats in jail.

  • Lebanon’s Army of God! I had a good laugh at that!

  • It is only fashion that will go bust! Just as early Nazi Germany perverse fashion to kill elephants for scaring mosquitoes! No worry about it, their enemy is their own minds. No body can hide any longer. We must make sure not to show fear, alter all it is wonderful to die in battle when been attacked than writing about people of weakness.

  • Hezbollah has been in the U.S. with all sorts of money laundering schemes. They are making great inroads in South America with conversion to Islam. There is also the common theme of “prison dawah”, converting inmates who then get some discipline in their lives and “protection.”

    It’s not at all surprising that the most violent religion in the world is the most attractive to the largest criminal population in a setting where they are a captive audience.

  • JUST ANOTHER WAY OF RECRUITING AND IDENTIFYING AMONG THE ENEMY AS IN THE EARLY 1970S WHEN CONVERSION TO ISLAM BEGAN FOLLOWED WITH THE RISE OF “BLACK MUSLIMS” IN U.S.PRISONS AND THE U.S.

    IT’S JUST THE NEXT STEP AND BY THE TIME IT IS NOTICED, IT IS TOO LATE.

  • In Venezuela we have been denouncing the presence of hezbollah for years. The plot to bomb JFK airport in 2007 was hatched partly in Venezuela and the direct flights between Caracas and Tehran, sometimes with stop overs in Damascus, served as vehicles for hezbollah easy entry in Latin America. For years the Venezuelan head of issuing local documents , first as chief officer of the identification department and then as interior minister, was Tarek Al Aissami a known operative of the Baath party. Surely some came to the US with Venezuelan papers and once here they find solace viewing some Washington NGO’s defend the venezuelan regime. Yes, danger is here and one day will show its face in its usual gruesome way. Hezbollah has also from its venezuelan base have been involved in drug traffic, just ask the DEA.

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