Underwear Bomber Sues Justice Department

Oct 24, 2017

The Nigerian man who was convicted of attempting to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear and blow up a plane is unhappy about his treatment in a supermax prison. He is suing the Department of Justice for violating his rights. The failed terrorist “attempted to blow up a plane headed for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.” The device burned him, but it did not explode. 289 people were on the plane when it happened. He is serving four life sentences plus 50 years. The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Justice has “limited his communication with the outside world for reasons of national security and placed him in the prison’t solitary confinement unit” for 23 hours a day. He claims that he has not received “halal food even though he is a practicing Muslim.” The suit claims he has been prevented from praying with other Muslims or having access to an imam. He alleges that “white supremacist” prisoners have yelled, curse, insulted and screamed “things that are religiously insulting and offensive to Muslims.” Defense attorney Gail Johnson said, “The restrictions imposed on our client are excessive and unnecessary, and therefore we seek the intervention of the federal court.”