Once on the brink of terror, former Islamic extremist looks back.
Sohail Ahmed, a self-described reformed Islamic extremist, talks with Rachel Maddow about his motives and mindset as he considered committing acts of terror, and how being gay deepened his radicalization.
On June 17, 2016, Rachel Maddow interviewed Sohail Ahmed on The Rachel Maddow Show. Ahmed is a former radical Islamist who has come out as gay. He shared his story of radicalization and internalized homophobia to shed light on Omar Mateen’s possible parallel struggles. Ahmed was due to have an interview in MSNBC’s New York City studio but was detained by authorities at the airport due to his past extremist leanings. He was turned back to the United Kingdom but Ahmed said he used the many hours of detention to educate the American security authorities on Islamism. Ahmed doesn’t feel aggrieved that he was denied entry given the circumstances of his past as well as the events of Orlando.
Watch interview below: