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Encyclopedia > Ramzi Yousef
Ramzi Yousef
May 20, 1967 (1967-05-20) (age 40)[1]
Image:Ramzi Yousef.gif
Ramzi Ahmed Yousef
Nickname Ramzi Mohammed Yousef
Ramzi Yusuf
Ramzi Youssef
(Arabic: رمزي يوسف‎)
Abdul Basit Mahmoud Abdul Karim (Arabic: عبد الباسط كريم‎)
Also known by dozens of aliases,[1][2]

Federal Prisoner number: 03911-000[3] Image File history File links Acap. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Arabic redirects here. ... Arabic redirects here. ... For other uses, see Alias. ...

Place of birth Flag of Kuwait Kuwait

Ramzi Ahmed Yousef or Ramzi Mohammed Yousef (also transliterated as Ramzi Yusuf, Ramzi Youssef) (Arabic: رمزي يوسف‎), birth name possibly Abdul Basit Mahmoud Abdul Karim (Arabic: عبد الباسط كريم‎) and also known by dozens of aliases,[1][2] is a Kuwaiti of mixed Pakistani and Palestinian descent who was one of the planners of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was arrested at an Al-Qaeda safe house in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1995 and was extradited to the United States. He was tried in New York City in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and along with two co-conspirators was convicted of planning the Oplan Bojinka plot. Yousef stated, "Yes, I am a terrorist, and proud of it as long as it is against the U.S. government."[4] He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Yousef's uncle is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaeda member also in U.S. custody. Image File history File links Flag_of_Kuwait. ... Arabic redirects here. ... Arabic redirects here. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... For the second attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, see September 11, 2001 attacks. ... Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... Location within Pakistan Coordinates: , Country Pakistan Province Constructed 1960s Union Council 40 UC (District Govt. ... Extradition is the official process by which one nation or state requests and obtains from another nation or state the surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties: New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Sullivan. ... Operation Bojinka was a planned large-scale attack on airliners in 1995. ... Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Prosecution Exhibit from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Arabic: خالد شيخ محمد; also transliterated as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, , commonly referred to as KSM and also known by as many as twenty-seven aliases[1] (b. ...

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Biography

Yousef said he was born in Kuwait. His father, a Pakistani engineer who worked for Kuwait Airways, and uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are from Balochistan, Pakistan. He said that his mother was Palestinian. Look up engineer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kuwait Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الكويتية) is the national airline of Kuwait, based in Kuwait City and wholly owned by the Kuwaiti Government. ... Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Prosecution Exhibit from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui Wikisource has original text related to this article: CSRT Summary of Evidence memo for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (Arabic: خالد شيخ محمد; also transliterated as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, inter alia, and additionally known by as many as twenty-seven aliases... The province of Balochistan (or Baluchistan) of Pakistan contains roughly the part of Balochistan that falls within the borders of present-day Pakistan. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ...


Raised in an urban Palestinian community in Kuwait, Yousef excelled in history and English.[citation needed] He spoke Arabic, Baluchi, English, and Urdu, graduating in 1989 with a degree in electrical engineering from West Glamorgan Institute (now Swansea Metropolitan University), Swansea, Wales, where he joined a chapter of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ... Arabic redirects here. ... When referring to central asian peoples, Baluchi is an alernative spalling of Balochi (qv). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Urdu ( , , trans. ... Electrical Engineers design power systems. ... For other places with the same name, see Swansea (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ...


Following graduation, he was employed in Kuwait as a communications engineer in the National Computer Center of the Ministry of Planning.[citation needed] After Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990, some members of Yousef's family fled to Quetta, Pakistan, others to Iran. [5] Combatants Republic of Iraq State of Kuwait Commanders Ali Hassan al-Majid N/A Strength 100,000[1] 16,000[2] Casualties 37+ aircraft (est. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...   (Urdu: کوئٹہ) also spelled Kwatah city is a variation of kwatkot, a Pashto word meaning “fort,”. It is the largest city and provincial capital and district of Baluchistan Province, Pakistan. ...

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World Trade Center bombing

Main article: World Trade Center 1993 bombings

Six people were killed and over 1,000 injured; Yousef fled to Pakistan hours later.]]Yousef sent a letter to the New York Times after bombing the WTC; it spelled out the motive: "We declare our responsibility for the explosion on the mentioned building. This action was done in response for the American political, economical, and military support to Israel, the state of terrorism, and to the rest of the dictator countries in the region." On September 1, 1992, a few days after leaving Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, Yousef allegedly entered the United States with an Iraqi passport of disputed authenticity. His companion Ahmed Ajaj, carried multiple immigration documents, among them a crudely falsified Swedish passport. Providing a smokescreen to facilitate Yousef's entry, Ajaj was arrested on the spot as bomb manuals, videotapes of suicide car bombers, and a cheat sheet on how to lie to U.S. immigration inspectors were found in his luggage. For the 2001 attack and destruction of the World Trade Center, see September 11, 2001 attacks. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Ahmad Mohammad Ajaj - Born 1966 in Palestinian West Bank Aliases: No known aliases Current Location: Imprisoned at SuperMax, Florence, Colorado. ...


INS holding cells were overcrowded and Yousef, claiming political asylum, was given a hearing date. November 9, 1992, he told Jersey City Police his name was Abdul Basit Mahmud Abdul Karim, a Pakistani national born and brought up in Kuwait, and had lost his passport. December 31, 1992 the Pakistani Consulate in New York issued a temporary passport to Abdul Basit Mahmud Abdul Karim. (SAAG 484 2002) The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was a part of the United States Department of Justice and handled legal and illegal immigration and naturalization. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Yousef travelled around New York and New Jersey and called Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a militant Muslim preacher, via cell phone. Between 3 December and 27 December 1992, he made conference calls to key numbers in Baluchistan. (SAAG 484 2002) This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Sheikh (disambiguation). ... Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman is a blind Egyptian Muslim cleric who at one time resided in New York City. ... There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Ajaj never claimed the manuals and tapes, which remained at FBI's New York Office after Judge Reena Raggi ordered the materials released in December 1992. (Lance 2004 pp 51, 101[6]) Reena Raggi (born May 11, 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. ...


Aided by Mohammed Salameh and Mahmud Abouhalima, both present in El Sayyid Nosair's home the night Rabbi Meir Kahane was assassinated, Yousef, in his Pamrapo Avenue home in Jersey City, began assembling the 1,500-lb urea nitrate-fuel oil device for delivery to WTC on February 26, 1993. He ordered chemicals from his hospital room when injured in a car crash - one of three accidents caused by Salameh in late 1992 and early in 1993. Mohammed A. Salameh (born September 1, 1967) is a convicted perpertrator of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. ... Convicted perpertrator of the Born to a mill foreman in Kafr al-Dawar, Egypt in 1959. ... El Sayyid Nosair (born November 16, 1955) is an Egyptian-born American citizen and terrorist involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. ... For the town in Italy, see Rabbi, Italy. ... Rabbi Meir David Kahane (‎, also known by the pseudonyms Michael King, David Sinai and Hayim Yerushalmi, 1 August 1932 – 5 November 1990) was an American-Israeli Orthodox rabbi, author, political activist, and a former member of the Israeli Knesset. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Speaking in code by phone 29 December 1992, Ajaj told Yousef that he had won release of the bomb manuals, but warned Yousef that picking them up himself might jeopardize his "business." On one book carried by Ajaj in 1992 was a word translated by the FBI as "the basic rule" - later found actually to be "al Qaeda" - "the base." (Lance 2004 p 32[6]) is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


During a CBS interview, co-conspirator Abdul Rahman Yasin said Ramzi originally wanted to bomb Jewish neighborhoods in New York City, New York. Yasin added that after touring Crown Heights and Williamsburg, Yousef changed his mind. Yasin alleged that Yousef was educated in bomb-making at a training camp in Peshawar.[7] This article is about the broadcast network. ... Abdul Rahman Yasin in 2002 Abdul Rahman Yasin (Arabic: عبد الرحمن يس ) (born April 10, 1960- ) helped make the bombs used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing attack. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... Crown Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn in New York City. ... Williamsburg is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, bordering Greenpoint, Bed-Stuy, and Bushwick. ...   (Urdu: پشاور; Pashto: پښور) literally means City on the Frontier in Persian and is known as Pekhawar in Pashto. ...


Yousef rented a Ryder van and on February 26, 1993, loaded it with explosives. Four cardboard boxes were packed into the back of the van, each containing a mixture of paper bags, newspapers, urea and nitric acid. Next to them were placed three red metal cylinders of compressed hydrogen, and four large containers of nitroglycerin were loaded into the centre of the van, with Atlas Rockmaster blasting caps connected to each (Reeve 1999 pp 154 [8]). Ryder NYSE: R is a popular truck rental and leasing company for companies distribution and supply chain efforts. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


The van was driven into the garage of the World Trade Center, where it exploded (in a later interrogation Yousef told investigators that the plan had been to take out structural parts of the foundation and make one tower collapse into the other). With his Pakistani passport, he fled to Pakistan hours later. He remained at large until his capture in 1995. For other uses, see World Trade Center (disambiguation). ...


While in a Hotel restroom, Ramzi and his close friend Khalid Muhammed were reportedly in the process of making pipe bombs, but a plan to burn off radio active material went out of hand and Ramzi urged Khalid to destroy the smoke,as he was heard shouting: "La,La Habibi." (Or probably "Allah habibi", which would make sense as it means Allah, friend.) He was later found arrested under the court martial of international terrorism. In a previous incident, Ramzi had reportedly shouted "shobada" as claimed by the pakistani authorities. His Arabic has been carefully scrutinized, and many believe that he is of Palestinian descent rather than Pakistani.


After the attack

In the summer of 1993, he allegedly took up a contract initiated by members of Sipah-e-Sahaba to assassinate the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. The plot failed when Yousef and Abdul Hakim Murad were interrupted by police outside Bhutto’s residence as they planted the bomb. At this point Yousef decided to abort the bombing, however as they attempted to recover it the device blew up, injuring Yousef who was rushed to the hospital by Murad. Benazir Bhutto (Urdu: بینظیر بھٹو, IPA: ; Sindhi:بینظیر ڀُٽو ) (born 21 June 1953 in Karachi) is a Pakistani politician who became the first elected woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. ... Abdul Hakim Murad (terrorist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


The Bojinka Plot

Main article: The Bojinka Plot

Yousef is believed to have returned to Pakistan, and soon began planning his unsuccessful Bojinka plot. The Bojinka plan involved assassinating the pope during a visit to the Philippines then while attention was drawn to the Pope's death bombs would be placed inside toy cars and plant them on United and Delta flights out of Bangkok. The Bojinka Plot was a planned large-scale terrorist attack on airliners in 1995. ... The Bojinka Plot was a planned large-scale terrorist attack on airliners in 1995. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is an airline based in Atlanta, Georgia, operating a large domestic network within the USA, as well as an international network that spans Europe, Asia, and Latin America. ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governor Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ...


Istaique Parker

In order to test whether Bojinka would work, Yousef conducted a number of tests. For his first "trial run" he recruited Istaique Parker, a South African Muslim living nvdin Pakistan. Parker flew to Bangkok with Yousef where they built the devices. Parker got cold feet at the last minute and could not check-in the luggage containing the bombs. There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ...


After returning to Pakistan, Parker became aware of the $2 million bounty being offered by the U.S. government for the capture of Yousef. Shortly later Parker contacted the United States Embassy in Islamabad and became an informant. ... Location within Pakistan Coordinates: , Country Pakistan Province Constructed 1960s Union Council 40 UC (District Govt. ...


With knowledge of the huge reward he interviewed as well as interrogated many of Yousef's family. Almost all of them denied knowledge of his activities, the two brothers Adam and Hassane Basma agreed to cooperate with CIA officials. Although their knowledge was minimal, Adam's confessions led to a belief that he took part in the bombings. When he was convicted he believed that his brother had exposed him and made false accusations of Hassane's part in the crime. Soon Hassane and Adam were released for lack of evidence. The two decided to discontinue cooperation with the authorities given the difficulties it had caused them. Yousef, however, continued attempting to attack American targets.


Philippine Airlines Flight 434

On December 11, 1994, Yousef boarded a Philippine Airlines Flight 434 in Manila headed to Cebu; he pretended to be an Italian man named Armaldo Forlani. Midway through the flight he disappeared into the toilet, took off his shoes to get the batteries and assembled his bomb which he tucked into the life vest under his seat, seat number 26K. The plane flew on to Cebu where Yousef got off before the final leg of the flight to Tokyo, Japan. Haruki Ikegami, a 24-year-old businessman, took Yousef's old seat. Two hours later, the device exploded, killing Ikegami. The blast blew a hole in the floor and severed the cables that controlled the plane's flaps. The jet's steering was crippled but the captain made an emergency landing at Naha Airport on Okinawa (southern Japan), saving 272 passengers and 20 crew. Yousef monitored the effects of his "test", then increased the amount of explosive in his devices and began preparing at least a dozen bombs. is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Philippine Airlines Flight 434 (PAL434, PR434) was the route designator of a flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Metro Manila, Philippines, to New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport), Narita near Tokyo, Japan, with one stop at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu. ... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cebu (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Domestic passenger terminal at Naha Naha Airport (那覇空港 Naha Kuko) is the primary air terminal for passengers and freight traveling to and from Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. ... “Okinawa” redirects here. ...


But just before the Bojinka Plot was due to be launched, a fire started in Yousef's Manila flat and police, led by Aida Fariscal, uncovered his plot. Aida D. Fariscal (1940? - ) is a former policewoman and watch commander in the Manila Police Department in the Philippines. ...


Arrest

Soon after the 1993 attack, the FBI, on April 21, 1993 made him the 436th person added to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. On February 7, 1995, Pakistani intelligence and U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security agents Bill Miller and Jeff Reiner captured Yousef in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... In the 1990s, for the fifth decade, the United States FBI continued to maintain a public list of the people it regarded as the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, more commonly known as Diplomatic Security, or DS, includes the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), DSs most high profile branch. ... Location within Pakistan Coordinates: , Country Pakistan Province Constructed 1960s Union Council 40 UC (District Govt. ...


Despite official press reports to the contrary, Ramzi Yousef was not arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation[9]. On February 7, 1995, Pakistani Intelligence and Diplomatic Security Service special agents raided the Su-Casa Guest House in Islamabad, Pakistan, and captured Yousef before he could move to Peshawar. He was betrayed by Istaique Parker, a man Yousef had tried to recruit. Parker was paid $2 million for the information leading to Yousef's capture.[citation needed] When he was discovered, Yousef, about to leave his hotel room that day, had chemical burns on his fingers. Agents found Delta Air Lines and United Airlines flight schedules and bomb components in children's toys.[10] F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... See also the Bureau of Diplomatic Security // The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. State Department. ... Location within Pakistan Coordinates: , Country Pakistan Province Constructed 1960s Union Council 40 UC (District Govt. ...   (Urdu: پشاور; Pashto: پښور) literally means City on the Frontier in Persian and is known as Pekhawar in Pashto. ... Delta Air Lines, Inc. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ...


Yousef was flown back to the United States and helicoptered into Manhattan. In a bizarre ironic twist, while flying by over the still standing world trade centers he scoffed and told the FBI agents "with just a little more money, they would have come down, it is not yet finished". He was sent to a prison in New York City and held there until his trial. In court, Yousef said, "I am a terrorist, and I am proud of it as long as it is against the U.S. government." On September 5, 1996, Yousef, and two co-conspirators were convicted for their role in the Bojinka plot and were sentenced to life in prison without parole. U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Duffy referred to Yousef as "an apostle of evil" before recommending that the entire sentence be served in solitary confinement.[11] is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Operation Bojinka (also known as Project Bojinka, Bojinka Plot, Bojinga, from Arabic: بجنكة – slang in many dialects for explosion and pronounced Bo-JIN-ka, except in Egyptian where it is Bo-GIN-ka) was a planned large-scale attack on airliners in 1995, and was a precursor to the September... Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, nominally for the entire remaining life of the prisoner, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 50 years) a prisoner may be incarcerated, or require the... It has been suggested that Medical parole be merged into this article or section. ... Kevin Thomas Duffy (born 1933) is an American lawyer and currently a senior judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. ... Solitary confinement, colloquially referred to as the hole (or in British English the block), is a punishment in which a prisoner is denied contact with any other persons, excluding guards, chaplains and doctors. ...


On November 12, 1997 Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing and in 1998 he was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" to bomb the towers. is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


He is held at the high-security Supermax prison ADX Florence in Florence, Colorado[3]. The handcuffs Ramzi Yousef wore when he was captured in Pakistan are displayed at the FBI Museum in Washington, DC. Supermax is the name used to describe control-unit prisons, the most secure prisons in the prison system. ... The ADX Florence facility from the outside The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, CO. is a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, USA. It is unofficially known as ADX Florence, Florence ADMAX, Supermax, or The Alcatraz of the Rockies. ... Florence is a city in Fremont County, Colorado, USA. The population was 3,653 at the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


According to interviews from staff at ADX Florence, upon Yousef's arrival at the facility he prayed almost every hour and refused to leave his cell for recreation as he did not wish to undergo the strip search required at the ultra-high security prison. Now Yousef regularly enjoys recreation time from his 12x7 cell despite the strip search. [12] The ADX Florence facility from the outside The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, CO. is a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, USA. It is unofficially known as ADX Florence, Florence ADMAX, Supermax, or The Alcatraz of the Rockies. ...


Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

In 1997, Osama bin Laden said during an interview that he did not know Yousef but claimed to know Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. He was the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks and Yousef's uncle. According to the 9/11 Commission, he said under interrogation that "Yousef was not a member of al Qaeda and that Yousef never met Bin Ladin."[13] Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Prosecution Exhibit from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Arabic: خالد شيخ محمد; also transliterated as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, , commonly referred to as KSM and also known by as many as twenty-seven aliases[1] (b. ... Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: ‎; born March 10, 1957[1]), most often mentioned as Osama bin Laden or Usama bin Laden, is a Saudi Arabian militant Islamist and is widely believed to be one of the founders of the organization called al-Qaeda. ... Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Prosecution Exhibit from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Arabic: خالد شيخ محمد; also transliterated as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, , commonly referred to as KSM and also known by as many as twenty-seven aliases[1] (b. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... The Commissions seal The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, was set up in late 2002 to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response... Map of major attacks attributed to al-Qaeda Al-Qaeda (also al-Qaida or al-Qaida or al-Qaidah) (Arabic: ‎ , translation: The Base) is an international alliance of terrorist organizations founded in 1988[4] by Osama bin Laden and other veteran Afghan Arabs after the Soviet War in...


Conversion to Christianity

It has been reported that Ramzi Yousef converted to Christianity while in prison. However, The validity of these claims is in dispute. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


An unidentified source has told CNN and the popular CBS news program 60 Minutes that "something strange is happening with Yousef". The source apparently close to Yousef claims that Yousef renounced Islam and converted to Christianity at least in 2005. The source claims that Ramzi Yousef is now a devout Christian and became dissappointed with Islam after the 9-11 attacks believing that it had gone astray. The source has not disclosed as to what sect of Christianity does Yousef belong to. A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly...


When questioned as to why Yousef chose Christianity, the source replied that Yousef had read parts of the New Testament while imprisoned at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado which also houses many well known terrorists such as Zacarias Moussaoui and convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid. This article is about the Christian scriptures. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Richard Reid, in a prison photograph Richard Colvin Reid (born August 12, 1973), also known as the shoe bomber, is a British citizen born in Bromley, South London and a Muslim allegedly working for Al Qaeda who was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a passenger airliner...


However, Akbar Ahmed, author of "Islam under seige" is skeptical of Yousef's claims. He suggests that Yousef could be making such claims in order to obtain favors in prison or get his prison sentence reduced. One of Yousef's prosecutors and one of his defense attorneys also reject the claim citing Yousef as very manipulative.


Robert Hood, the former warden of Yousef's prison also rejects the claim stating that "Yousef is playing a game just to see the reaction that he gets".


Ramzi Yousef's attorney stated that at times Yousef would not want to take recreation outside his cell at the prison yard because by doing so, he would have to undergo a strip search which he considered undignified. However, the aforementioned source has also claimed that he has even begun leaving his cell for exercise. [14] [15]


In October 12, 2007 the New York daily news reported that Yousef has shaved his beard, stopped reading the Quran and now eats pork, which is forbidden in Islam.[16] is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c Michael McCurry (August 2, 1993). title (HTML). US Department of State Dispatch. Retrieved on 2007-08-28. “He was born on May 20, 1967, and travels on an Iraqi passport. He may also claim to be from the United Arab Emirares. In the past, Yousef has used the aliases Ramzi Yousef Ahmad, Rasheed Yousef, Ramzi Ahmad Yousef, Kamal Abraham, Muhammud Azan, Ramzi Yousef, Rashid Rashid, Kamal Ibraham, Ramzi Yousef Ahmed, and Abdul Bassett.”
  2. ^ a b Yousef used the names Najy Awaita Haddad, as Moroccan national registered at Dona Josefa Apartments, Manila, 1995, Dr. Paul Vijay, Adam Sali, Adam Adel Ali, Adam Khan Baluch, Doctor Adel Sabah, Dr. Richard Smith, Azan Muhammed, Adam Ali Qasim, Armaldo Forlani, Muhammad Ali Baloch, Adam Baloch, Kamal Ibraham, Abraham Kamal, Khuram Khan, and other aliases to obscure his identity. (Lance 2004 p 23)
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  • Simon Reeve (June 27, 2002). The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism. Northeastern University Press. ISBN 1555535097. 
  • Peter Lance (September 7, 2004). Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror. William Morrow. ISBN 0060543558. 
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Ramzi Yousef is the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
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On November 12, 1997 Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing and in 1998 he was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" to bomb the towers.
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