"60 Minutes" in the Slammer
No, Morley Safer doesn't get to put shoe bomber Richard Reid in a headlock, and you won't see Mike Wallace interrogating Zacarias Moussaoui. ("Isn't it true that you are a certified scumbag?") But it may be worth tuning in "60 Minutes" this coming Sunday night, if you're at all interested in the goings-on at the highest-security prison in the country, the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum (ADX) in Florence, Colorado.
Producer Henry Schuster and correspondent Scott Pelley of CBS's venerable newsmagazine have been working for months on the piece that will air this Sunday about the federal supermax, home to some of the world's most notorious criminals and terrorists. They weren't allowed to interview any inmates; until a couple weeks ago, when a rare tour was granted, there haven't been any face-to-face media interviews inside ADX for more than five years, as we reported here . But the program is boasting that it obtained "exclusive footage of prisoners inside the facility" and scored an interview with former warden Robert Hood, who dishes on 1993 World Trade Center bomber's Ramzi Yousef's claim that he's now a Christian. The segment also discusses the officer union's concerns about understaffing, as well as the force-feeding of terrorist inmates who are on perpetual hunger strikes.
Much of this may be old news to fans of supermaxed.com, the home of all things lockdown. But for the Sunday night, basic-network crowd, it promises to be an eye-opener. —Alan Prendergast