Guantanamo Prisoners to Supermax? Meet 19 Terrorists Already There

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his latest plan to close the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba.

It includes the transfer of the sixty suspected terrorists being housed there to facilities in the U.S., including, potentially, in Colorado.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle in Colorado have objected to the notion, including Democratic senator Michael Bennet. His statement on the topic reads: “I’ve repeatedly said I do not support the transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military facility to Colorado. I’ve voted to close the prison, but I believe military detainees should be held in military prisons. Colorado does not have that type of facility. This plan has done nothing to change my mind. These detainees should not be transferred to Colorado."

As for Colorado lacking the "type of facility" capable of housing terrorists, military or otherwise, ADX Florence, popularly known as Supermax, is apparently doing just fine detaining some of the most notorious terrorists on the planet.

Below, learn about nineteen examples, with text from the ADX Florence Wikipedia page.

Zacarias Moussaoui

Register number: 51427-054

Description: Serving 6 life sentences. Self-professed Al-Qaeda senior member, pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy charges in 2005 for playing a key role in planning the September 11 attacks by helping the hijackers obtain flight lessons, money and material used in the attacks.

Ramzi Yousef
Mahmud Abouhalima
Mohammed Salameh
Eyad Ismoil

Register numbers: 03911-000, 28064-054, 34338-054, 37802-054

Description: Yousef: Life sentence plus 240 years. Abouhhalima: 240 years. Salameh: Life sentence. Ismoil: 240 years. Al-Qaeda operatives; convicted in 1994 of terrorism conspiracy and other charges in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six people and injured over 1,000. Yousef was also convicted in 1996 of planning Project Bojinka, a foiled plot conceived by senior Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to bomb twelve planes in a 48-hour period.

Mohamed Al-Owhali
Wadih el-Hage
Khalfan Mohamed
Mohammed Odeh
Ahmed Ghailani
Khalid al-Fawwaz

Register numbers: 42371-054, 42393-054, 44623-054, 42375-054, 02476-748, 67497-054

Description: Serving life sentences. Al-Qaeda operatives; convicted in connection with the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa, which were conceived by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; the bombings killed 224 people and injured over 4,000.

Abu Hamza al-Masri

Register number: 67495-054

Description: Serving a life sentence under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa. Egyptian cleric and former associate of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; extradited from the UK in 2012; convicted in 2014 of masterminding the 1998 kidnapping of Westerners in Yemen and establishing a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999.

Richard Reid

Register number: 24079-038

Description: Serving 3 life sentences plus 110 years. Al-Qaeda operative; pleaded guilty in 2002 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his 2001 attempt to detonate explosive devices hidden in his shoes on a plane traveling from Paris to Miami; known as the "Shoe Bomber."

Continue to see more terrorists currently housed at ADX Florence.

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