El Chapo won’t escape from this prison if he is extradited to the U.S., the Alcatraz of the Rockies.   Leave a comment


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U.S. Federal Supermax, Florence, Colorado.

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera , (born 25 December 1954 or 4 April 1957) is a Mexican drug Kingpin who heads the Sinaloa Cartel. Known as “El Chapo Guzmán” “Shorty Guzmán”, because of his (5 ft 6 in) stature, he became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas of the Gulf Cartel, and is considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Department of the Treasury.

El Chapo has a penchant for escaping from prisons.  He has escaped twice from Mexican federal maximum security prisons.  The last time using an elaborate tunnel system that borrowed under the prison. He was re-arrested January 8, 2016. However he used another tunnel and almost escaped again!

According to the official report published by Mexican Navy, citizens reported “armed people” in a house at the coastal city of Los Mochis in northern Sinaloa, which was then placed under surveillance for one month. Monitored communications indicated the home was being prepared for the arrival of “Grandma” or “Aunt”, which authorities suspected was code for a high-priority potential target. After the gunmen returned to the house, placing a large order for tacos at a nearby restaurant and picking up the order in a white van after midnight, the residence was raided in the early hours of 8 January 2016 by 17 marines from the Mexican Navy’s Special Forces with support from the Mexican Army and the Federal Police. The Federal Police captured Guzmán, along with cartel lieutenant Óscar Iván Gastélum Aguilar (“El Cholo”), following a shootout with the marines.

During the raid, Guzmán and Gastélum managed to briefly escape through a secret tunnel, hidden behind a mirror in a closet, that led to the city’s sewer system, ran for about 1.5 km, surfaced, and stole a vehicle at gunpoint. A statewide alert was issued for the stolen vehicle, and the Federal Police located and intercepted it about 20 km south of Los Mochis near a town called Juan José Ríos. After attempting to bribe and threatening the lives of the federal officers he was put on a helicopter and flown to Mexico City.

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The Mexican government is taking no chances this time around. Guzman is under 24 hour surveillance by armed guards that are stationed just outside his cell. However, the United States has started proceedings to get El Chapo into the U.S. to face a huge list of charges including murder.  If extradited to the U.S., El Chapo would be heading to the most heavily guarded prison in the United States: The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) is an American federal supermax prison for male inmates located in Fremont County, Colorado. It is unofficially known as ADX Florence, Florence ADMAX, Supermax, or the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

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ADX Florence was constructed as a response to several serious security breaches at federal prisons, including those that occurred at the United States Penitentiary, Marion, a high security facility in Marion, Illinois, on October 22, 1983, in which Correction Officers Merle Clutts and Robert Hoffman were stabbed to death in two separate incidents. Relatively relaxed security procedures allowed an inmate, while walking down a hall, to turn to the side and approach another cell so an accomplice could unlock his handcuffs with a stolen key and provide him with a knife. Both officers were killed using this tactic. Clutts’s killer, Thomas Silverstein, is serving three life sentences at ADX. Hoffman’s killer, Clayton Fountain, died in prison of natural causes in 2004.

As a response, USP Marion went into “permanent lockdown” and transformed itself into a “control unit” prison for the next 23 years, requiring inmates to remain in solitary confinement for 22 to 23 hours each day, and prohibiting communal dining, exercise, and religious services.

Following the killings, Norman Carlson, then director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, argued that a more secure type of prison needed to be designed, where uncontrollable inmates could be isolated from correction officers and other prisoners for the sake of security and safety. Marion became a model for the subsequent construction of ADX, a facility designed from the ground up as a control unit prison. Years later, Carlson said that building such a prison was the only way to handle inmates who “show absolutely no concern for human life.” He pointed out that since Silverstein and Fountain were already serving multiple life sentences in a maximum security facility, simply adding another life sentence would have had no real effect or enhanced safety.

ADX opened in November 1994. The residents of Fremont County welcomed the prison as a source of employment. At the time, the county was already home to nine existing prisons. However, the lure of between 750 and 900 permanent jobs, in addition to another 1,000 temporary jobs during the prison’s construction, led residents in the area to raise $160,000 to purchase 600 acres (240 ha) for the new prison. Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking for the facility, which was designed jointly by two leading architecture firms in Colorado Springs, DLR Group and LKA Partners, and cost $60 million to build.

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ADX Florence is a 37-acre (15 ha), 490-bed complex at 5880 Highway 67, Florence, Colorado, about 100 miles (160 km) south of Denver and 40 miles (60 km) south of Colorado Springs. It is one part of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex (FFCC), which comprises three correctional facilities, each with a different security rating.

The majority of the facility is above ground. The only part that is underground is a subterranean corridor that links cellblocks to the lobby. Inmates spend 23 hours a day locked in their cells and are escorted by a minimum of three officers for their five hours of private recreation per week. Each cell has a desk, a stool, and a bed, which are almost entirely made out of poured concrete, as well as a toilet that shuts off if blocked, a shower that runs on a timer to prevent flooding, and a sink lacking a potentially dangerous tap. Rooms may also be fitted with polished steel mirrors bolted to the wall, an electric light that can only be shut off remotely, a radio, and on rare occasions, a black-and-white television that shows recreational, educational, and religious programming. In addition, all cells are soundproofed to prevent prisoners from communicating with each other via Morse code.

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The 4 in (10 cm) by 4 ft (120 cm) windows are designed to prevent inmates from knowing their specific location within the complex because they can see only the sky and roof through them, making it virtually impossible to plan an escape. Inmates exercise in a concrete pit resembling an empty swimming pool, also designed to prevent them from knowing their location in the facility. The pit is only large enough for a prisoner to walk 10 steps in a straight line, or 30 steps in a circle. Telecommunication with the outside world is forbidden, and food is hand-delivered by correction officers. However, inmates sent here from other prisons can potentially be allowed to eat in a shared dining room. The prison as a whole contains a multitude of motion detectors and cameras, and 1,400 remote-controlled steel doors. Guards in the prison’s control center monitor inmates 24 hours a day and can activate a “panic button” that instantly closes every door in the facility should an escape attempt be suspected. Pressure pads and 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) razor wire fences surround the perimeter, which is patrolled by heavily armed guards with silent attack dogs. In extreme cases of inmate misbehaviour, the center of the prison houses an area known as “Z-Unit” or “The Black Hole,” which can hold up to 148 prisoners in completely darkened and fully soundproofed cells. Each Z-Unit cell is equipped with a full set of body restraints that are built directly into the concrete bed.

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Inmates:

There are 20 Al Qaeda terrorists currently serving life sentences, all sentences are without parole, as parole is not afforded to Federal prisoners.

Zacarias Moussaoui: 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. Serving 6 life sentences.     

Ramzi Yousef
Mahmud Abouhalima
Mohammed Salameh
Eyad Ismoil:  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 1000. 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. Ramzi Yousef has been described as the ‘James Bond’ of terrorism.

Richard Reid: the incompetent shoe bomber.

Ahmed Ressam: Al-Qaeda operative; convicted in 2001 of terrorism conspiracy for planning to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on December 31, 1999 in what is known as one of the 2000 millennium attack plots.

The rest are just a bunch of relative unknown jihadi retards that I’m not going to waste space on.

Domestic terrorists and other reprobates:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: one of the Boston Bomber brothers. The other one is in virgin heaven, wishful thinking?

Theodore Kaczynski: the Unabomber.

Terry Nichols: serving 161 consecutive life sentences. Convicted of carrying out the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people. Co-conspirator Timothy McVeigh was executed in Indiana in 2001.

Eric Rudolph: Member of the extremist group Army of God; pleaded guilty in 2005 to carrying out four bombings between 1996 and 1998, including the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta; three people were killed during the bombing spree.

There are also top Mafia bosses, black separatist crime leaders, white supremacist kingpins, heads of major street gangs and serial killers. All spending 23 hours a day in a tiny cell with a concrete bed, and if they are lucky, a small black and white TV that only shows bland educational documentaries and mind numbing religious shows.

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No tunneling out of this one El Chapo.  It is in the middle of a treeless semi-desert.

 

Posted February 11, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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