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Underwear bomber complains about the treatment in the federal prison, claims rights violated

Umar Farouk We is shown in this booking photo released by the U. S. Marshals Service December 28, 2009.

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A Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on christmas day eight years ago by wearing a bomb in his underwear has filed a lawsuit alleging his constitutional rights are being violated.

Umar Farouk We claims in a lawsuit filed in Colorado, that he is forced to eat food prohibited by his religion, endured harassment yelled by white supremacist inmates say things that are offensive to Muslims and it is forbidden to communicate with relatives, including nieces and nephew, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The lawsuit names U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Joe Does 1 through 20.


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According to the lawsuit obtained by the newspaper, the US government doesn’t allow him to communicate with “more than 7.5 billion people, the vast majority of the people on the planet.”

“Prison walls do not form a barrier between the inmates of the protection of the Constitution of the United States,” the lawsuit said.

We who celebrate life in prison in Florence, Colo., after pleading guilty to eight counts in 2011, including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

In 2009, months before the attack, he traveled to Yemen in a desperate bid to see Anwar al-Awlaki, an american-born spiritual, and is one of the most well-known Al-Qaida figures, according to the government. He told the investigators that the suicide mission was approved by Al-Qaeda, after a three-day visit with his mentor.


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Al-Awlaki and the bomb maker were killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen just a few days before We the test. At the time, the then-President Barack Obama publicly blamed al-Awlaki for the terrorism plot.

The case had lasting consequences for the security screenings at U.s. airports.

We have the ability to defeat security in Amsterdam contributed to the implementation of the full-body scanners at U.S. airports.

The Transportation Security Administration is the use of the scanners in some American cities, but the attack accelerated their placement. There are now hundreds of the devices throughout the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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