Obama Administration Ends Severe Limits on Shoe Bomber Richard Reid's Activities in Prison.....

Airplane shoe bomber Richard C. Reid no longer faces severe limits on his prison activities or communications after the Obama administration quietly ended years of hard-nosed curbs against the British-born al-Qaeda terrorist.

This summer the Justice Department halted six years of measures that kept Reid from associating or praying with fellow jailed Muslim terrorists, and limited his access to the news media and pen pals.

That move has outraged victims of al-Qaeda and security experts. The recommendation to lift the restrictions was made with input from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, which prosecuted Reid in 2002, federal officials said.

“Terrorists should be held as incommunicado as possible,” said Howard Safir, a former New York City police commissioner and CEO of Safir Rosetti, a division of Global Options Inc., a security consulting firm. “If they can communicate with the outside world, they can direct other people to commit terrorist acts.”

An emotional Hermis Moutardier, one of the flight attendants who thwarted Reid’s botched shoe bombing and was injured by the hulking terrorist, reacted with anger upon learning the news from the Herald by phone Friday.

“What’s wrong with our system?!” cried Moutardier, 54, who lives in Florida and still works as a flight attendant. “I am concerned about the safety of my country, my fellow citizens, my children, the public buildings, that’s my concern.”
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