At least 3 terrorists already held Colorado prison
DENVER, Colorado ” At least three terrorists are imprisoned at the federal “Supermax” prison in southern Colorado, one of the lockups President Barack Obama cited Thursday for its security.
“Nobody has ever escaped from one of our ‘supermax’ prisons which hold hundreds of convicted terrorists,” Obama said.
Inmates held in the prison in Florence, about 90 miles south of Denver, include Zacarias Moussaoui, a Sept. 11 conspirator; Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack; and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with a shoe bomb.
Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert who trained at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan, is serving time there on a conviction for conspiring to support Islamic terrorism.
Khalid Al-Jawary, convicted of placing three car bombs in New York City in 1973, was in Supermax until March, when he completed his term and was deported to Sudan.
At least two men convicted of domestic terrorism are also there: Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.
Supermax, formally called Administrative Maximum, was built in 1995 for the nation’s most dangerous inmates. It can hold 490 prisoners.
Guards shot and killed two Supermax inmates and up to 30 other prisoners were injured when a fight broke out in the recreation yard in April 2008.
A survey showed a good bit of support for local government action to bolster workforce housing in town. For now though, that support stops at supporting a new tax for funding.