He won’t have Facebook, but he may get Rod Blagojevich as a pen pal.
The 25-year-old Nigerian man who tried to blow up a packed jetliner using a bomb sewn into his underwear on Christmas Day 2009 was given a mandatory life sentence Friday, the Associated Press reports. Had the so-called “underwear bomber” been successful, the nearly 300 people aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit flight probably would have been killed.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s next stop is Florence, Colo., where he will reside at the notorious Supermax prison in near-total isolation. A former warden once described Supermax to “60 Minutes” as “a clean version of hell.” Denver’s Westword blog calls the prison the home of “the worst of the worst” criminals. The Denver Post’s crime blog details who these criminals are:
“For the past couple decades, every big baddie — every log-cabin moralist, every terror less-than-mastermind, every backwoods psycho — convicted in federal court has wound up calling the Supermax prison in Florence home.”
These “big baddies” include Eric Rudolph, the man behind the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Larry Hoover, who ran a “30,000-member, militaristic gang and its drug trade” from the Joliet State Prison in Illinois, and Ted Kaczynski, known for his 20-year mail bombing campaign.
The Denver Post points out that in Supermax, Abdulmutallab won’t have access to Facebook, but he will have a neighbor in former Chicago mayor Rod Blagojevich, who is believed to be headed to the Federal Correction Institution in Englewood, Colo.
Abdulmutallab may also be happy to know that, according to the Supermax prison handbook, a wide range of religious services will be available on closed-circuit television. When the devout Muslim received his sentence, he shouted “God is great!” He also gave lectures to his FBI interrogators about black magic and its origins, preventions and cures, according to the Telegraph.