Even a convicted terrorist has a right to communicate with friends and relatives.
So ruled U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger in the case of Khalfan Khamis Mohammed, who sued the FBI because he was barred from communicating with a list of 32 friends and relatives, the Associated Press reports.
Mohammed, who is in federal prison in southern California, was convicted of killing 11 people and injuring 85 in the 1998 bombing of a U.S. embassy in Tanzania.
The judge said authorities couldn’t bar a prisoner from calling friends and family unless the inmate poses a real national security threat.
The FBI, the judge ruled, didn’t present sufficient evidence that Mohammed posed dangers while in prison.