Abdulmutallab, referred to as the “underwear bomber” by the U.S. media because he tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underpants on a flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Detroit, United States, on Christmas Day in 2009 is presently cooling off at a federal prison in Florence.
The then 23-years-old, now 35, is currently serving a life sentence in the United States Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado.
The prison is considered escape-proof and some describe it as worse than death.
According to reports, ultra-violent prisoners once beat an enemy to death in the prison.
Another inmate identified as Jack Powers descended so far into madness after spending nearly 10 years in the disciplinary unit of the prison that he allegedly bit off both pinky fingers, severed his earlobes and cut off portions of his private part.
Similar to this, on April 21, 2005, Mexican Mafia prison gang boss Manuel “Tati” Torrez, 64, was beaten and stomped on by gang land commander Richard “Chuco” Santiago and an accomplice, leaving him with 18 fractured ribs and a shattered skull. His eyes were swollen shut. Torrez allegedly died of his injuries.
The facility also houses some of the world’s most notorious offenders including drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, known for repeatedly escaping from Mexican prisons, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef.
This facility is designed to be the most secure federal prison in the U.S., where most inmates spend all but an hour or two a day alone in a cell with no meaningful human contact and access to only a sliver of sunlight through a 4-inch by 42-inch window.
The 7-foot by 12-foot cells consist of a poured concrete bed, desk and stool, a stainless steel combination sink and toilet, a shower with an automatic shut-off and sometimes a radio or television. The cells are arranged in a linear design down one side of a hallway to prevent inmates from seeing each other.
The occupants need never see a guard or fellow prisoner—much less a visitor.
One former warden interviewed by 60 Minutes called it “pretty close” to hell.
No one has ever escaped Supermax in its over 25 years of operation.
According to a 2012 class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, prison inmates have been diagnosed with insanity while detained there or their pre-existing mental illness has gotten worse. The lawsuit asserts that inmates have been known to continuously wail and bang on the walls of their cells.
Farouk Abdulmutallab is presently serving a life sentence without parole for attempting to bomb US-bound flight passengers on Christmas Day 2009.
Sometime in 2017, Abdulmutallab filed a lawsuit alleging his constitutional rights are being violated at the supermax federal prison in Colorado.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian native who became an al-Qaeda operative, alleged that he’s been held in long-term solitary confinement, has been forced to eat foods forbidden by his religion, endured harassment yelled at by white supremacist inmates saying things offensive to Muslims and has been prohibited from communicating with relatives, including nieces and nephews.
According to the lawsuit, the U.S. government put Abdulmutallab under special administrative measures. They prohibited him from communicating with “more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of people on the planet.”
Abdulmutallab, who said he’s a devout Muslim, also alleged that the restrictions hinder him from practicing his religion and violate his rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The lawsuit claims he’s not been able to participate in group prayer, doesn’t have regular access to an imam and is not provided with a halal diet.
The suit said Abdulmutallab has gone on hunger strikes to protest his alleged treatment and has been repeatedly force fed.
During his trial in Detroit in 2011, Abdulmutallab pleased guilty to eight counts, including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. He’s been in the Colorado prison since March 2012.
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