Would-Be Shoe Bomber Sues For Prisoner Rights

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Richard Reid, the would-be shoe bomber, charges that federal prison authorities in Colorado are subjecting him to unconstitutional conditions, reports the Pueblo Chieftain. Reid is serving a life sentence for attempting to blow up a Miami-to-Paris flight with 197 people aboard, three months after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

In a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Reid says he is being held in isolation, that he not allowed to call his relatives, that he is not allowed access to Arabic language religious books, that he has a window that he cannot see out of and that he is denied access to broadcast and print news. He wants “the same rights and privileges as other inmates held in this prison.” A federal prison official has denied the requests, saying, “These measures have been imposed because there is a substantial risk that your communications or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury.” The official said that reid was offered an opportunity to take a closed-circuit television class, “Parenting 2,” and that he has completed a GED program and last spring was enrolled in adult continuing education programs.

Link: http://www.chieftain.com/metro/1092919134/15

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