Remember Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian underwear bomber who was arrested 8 years ago on a plane wearing an underwear bomb?He is currently serving life sentences for trying to set off his underwear bomb on a plane on Christmas Day in 2009 and is suing the U.S. Justice Department for denying him freedom of speech and religious rights.
He got multiple life sentences after the failed attack on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight, which he has called part of his “religious duty” as a Muslim to wage a religious war against the United States.
In a suit filed in a Colorado federal court, Umar Abdulmutallab said authorities in the federal maximum security prison where he is being detained are violating his constitutional rights by denying him communication with the outside world and also not allowing him to practice his religion as a Muslim, adding that he was being held in long-term solitary confinement.
In the suit, Abdulmutallab is accusing staff at the US Penitentiary-Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado of repeatedly force feeding him when he was on a hunger strike, using excessive and unnecessarily painful methods.
Abdulmutallab also added that the Justice Department went a step too far in restricting his freedom of communication including not allowing him to speak to his nieces and nephews since his solitary confinement was based on a special administrative measure imposed on national security grounds.
He is also alleging that White supremacist prisoners were also allowed to harass him during prayer times.
Gail Johnson, his attorney, said in a statement to the New York Times, that prisoners retain their fundamental rights to communicate with family and other people without the interference of the government.
Abdulmutallab was trained in Yemen at an al Qaeda camp under the tutorship of U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the Justice Department says.
His underwear bomb caused a fire outbreak on the Northwest Airlines flight, which had 289 people on board, and he was overpowered by passengers.