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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Ramzi Yousef
A terrorist serving life in prison plus 240 years for his role in masterminding the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 that killed six and injured more than 1,000 has now filed a lawsuit to get out of solitary confinement.
''The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" by veteran investigative reporters Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer, is a gripping account of how KSM, one of al Qaeda's most prominent terrorist "entrepreneurs," played such a crucial role in one of the deadliest terrorist operations in history.
"I request an immediate end to my solitary confinement and ask to be in a unit in an open prison environment where inmates are allowed outside their cells for no less than 14 hours a day," he wrote, according to confidential government documents given to The Los Angeles Times. "I have been in solitary confinement in the U.S. since Feb. 8, 1995, with no end in sight."
David Kelley, an attorney in private practice who served as U.S. attorney in Manhattan under President George W. Bush after successfully prosecuting 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef, said the administration's approach was somewhat vindicated by a trial that showed "it can and should be, in appropriate circumstances, done in civil courts."