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Terry Nichols doesn't like prison food. Supermax-size that!

Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is on a hunger strike, because he doesn't like the food served at Supermax, the federal prison in Florence where he's housed with a who's who of this country's criminals.

Last Thursday, Nichols filed a five-page, hand-written note in U.S. District Court in Denver saying that he'd started a hunger strike three days earlier because the prison refuses to serve him fresh, fiber-rich foods. "Mr. Nichols is prepared to die if necessary because he is done allowing his body to be defiled by those refined ... [and] dead foods," he wrote.

This is just the latest course in a lawsuit that Nichols filed last year (read it here) , claiming that his Supermax diet violates his religious beliefs: "Plaintiff is compelled to consume daily these unhealthy dead and refined foods that are abhorrent to Plaintiff's sincerely held religious beliefs, causing him physical, mental and spiritual torment, and to sin against God."

Nichols is demanding 100 percent whole-grain foods, more fresh raw vegetables and fresh fruit, and a wheat-bran supplement (in his lawsuit, he says he's suffered from chronic constipation and hemorrhoids for thirty years).

Nichols isn't getting much sympathy from prison-support sites around the country. "I find it Crazy that so many think they are at summer camp or something... It's prison!!! Not Camp," commented one on

Actually, Nichols is already getting better food than most camps serve. Supermax-size that!

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