'93 WTC plotter Ramzi Yousef wants contact ban lifted
February 18th, 2013
12:47 AM ET

'93 WTC plotter Ramzi Yousef wants contact ban lifted

By Matt Smith

The convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing wants nearly two decades of communication restrictions lifted, arguing he's no longer a threat to national security, his lawyer said Sunday.

Ramzi Yousef has been locked away in solitary confinement at the federal "Supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado, since 1998. A 15-page list of rules sets limits on his contact with relatives, lawyers and other inmates. He can read books and watch television, but newspapers and magazines are censored to keep him from receiving messages planted in classified ads or letters to the editor.

Now 44, Yousef "no longer should be considered a national security threat," his lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, told CNN. "If the government feels that he is, they should provide some reasonable basis that they can corroborate as to why he is a continuing national security threat."

U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy, who sentenced Yousef to life plus 20 years, called him "a virus that must be locked away." He was arrested in 1996 in a plot to bomb U.S. airliners in Asia, and he's the nephew of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - the accused mastermind of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people and brought down the World Trade Center.


Filed under: Ramzi Yousef • Security Brief • Terrorism
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    April 28, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  2. He Heard

    He heard that the 2001 bomber, GW Bush, still has contact rights.

    February 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • gstranyord

      Wow, you need to see a therapist, you have some serious issues to deal with.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Unfortunately He Heard, you're quite right! G.W. Bush needs to be indicted and brought to justice along with Tony Blair and a host of other war criminals!

      February 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
      • Robert De Niro

        You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?

        February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  3. George Patton-2

    only F***ing in America they made news for everything, in Pakistan, they made news only when they are found hanging from the ceiling fan.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Hey you whoever you are, will you kindly cut the filthy Tea Party lingo out? It has absolutely no place in this discussion, none at all! You can also quit trolling George Patton while you're at it, too!

      February 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  4. rock maker

    nobody cares about the rights of innocents killed by this Pakistani animal? Who cares what he wants

    February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Why not, rock maker? Hasn't this man suffered enough anyway? I think he has so let's show some mercy here, shall we?

      February 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      ..and let's pardon him too !!! He is a family man, likes to pray five times a day, and spends time reading Korans. America please set Yosof free and let him reunite with his al Qaeda family.

      February 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton-2

    If people say Ramzi wasn't allowed any contact in prison, they are laying. He has been allowed to touch private parts of his fellow inmates.

    February 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Clint Eastwood

      Hey you, just where do you get off disgracing the name of one of our WW2 generals by posting that nonsense under it, punk? George Patton commanded the 3rd Army during WW2, did you punk, well did you?

      February 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Sorry Clint, I didn't post that stupid comment above. Some idiot Tea Partier is trying to make me look as dumb as he is!!!

        February 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • Robert De Niro

        Easwood, You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?

        February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  6. PAUL G

    Let him rot in prison without any contacts freaking lawyers would sell their mothers for a buck

    February 18, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  7. 1371U.S.M.C.

    Who cares what this animal wants???? He gave up his rights and gets to serve life plus 20. If any contact is allowed let his neck contact a rope.

    February 18, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Oh no, your comments are offending us Pakistanis. I am a life long blogger here on CNN and I blog under John Smith aka massoud aka A 5th Marine aka Joseph McCarthy aka John Geheran aka aka aka aka Mohammad.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply

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