Ramzi Yousef might have thought of this before plotting a massive terrorist strike. Convicted in the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000, Yousef is serving a life sentence in nearly 24-hour solitary confinement at a supermax federal prison in Florence, Colo.
But Yousef, 44, says that's unconstitutional, reports The Los Angeles Times. Despite his good behavior behind bars, Yousef says, he is being kept isolated because he is a convicted terrorist, something he can never change - and that, he argues, is a violation of his due process of law. A lawsuit by Yousef says that long-term solitary confinement leaves him "no hope or prospect of any remedial condition" and that it has led to "severe psychological trauma."
Authorities say he's still a threat and must be kept away from others. In addition to the trade center blast, which he masterminded after slipping into the country from Pakistan a month earlier, he was also convicted of trying to kill Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton, and trying to bomb 11 airliners on their way from Asia to the U.S. His plots were financed by Al Qaeda and his uncle Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, allegedly the person behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
Warden David Berkebile wrote to Yousef in November, in response to his requests to get out of solitary: "You are a violent jihadist, committed to waging war on the United States, with a strong following of supporters and admirers. There is substantial risk that your communications or contacts could result in death or serious bodily injury to others."
Via The Los Angeles Times.