Taxpayers on the Hook for Extradited Terrorist’s New Prosthetic Hands

Posted by on Oct 09, 2012 at 7:42 am

Since the pathetic Democrats are now cutting ads using Big Bird, maybe the GOP should use this guy in a spot showing how much taxpayer money is frivolously wasted on criminals thugs.

We’re giving this hatemonger a hand — and probably two.

Taxpayers will foot the bill to replace radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri’s infamous hooks, The Post has learned.

And the cost — while not quite an arm and a leg — is expected to run up to $16,000 so the one-eyed, terror-loving thug can feed and clean himself in the slammer.

Al-Masri’s metal hooks were removed from his forearm stumps Friday night after he was handed over by the Brits to face terror-related charges in Manhattan federal court.

The move capped an eight-year extradition battle during which al-Masri whined repeatedly about the “oppressive” conditions he expected to face behind bars in America.

Although al-Masri’s lawyer demanded on Saturday that prison officials immediately return his signature hooks, sources said they’re considered a security risk and there’s “no way” he’s getting them back.

But because depriving al-Masri of a “reasonable standard” of medical care in jail would violate his civil rights — and provide grounds for an appeal — he’s expected to be outfitted with a pair of no-frills, cable-operated rubber hands.

”We have people on contract. We’d have someone come in and do it,” a federal law-enforcement source said.

“The rule is you give the guy what they had before. Not anything better.”

According to prosthetics maker Arimed, any replacement hands would have to be custom-fitted to what’s left of al-Masri’s upper limbs.

“Passive,” non-electronic prosthetics retail for between $5,000 and $8,000 each, while higher-tech models that feature electronics and sensors can cost up to $50,000 each, depending on how many fingers are functional.

Maybe the folks raking in all that funny money at can pay for it.


9 Responses to “Taxpayers on the Hook for Extradited Terrorist’s New Prosthetic Hands”

  1. Achmed bin Al Fazul on 9/09/12 at 9:24 am

    Replace his hands with a hoof pick and curry comb for better tending to his wives, my friend.

    I can get it done for about 50 American dollars, including the 3″ stainless screws.

  2. NunyaBidness on 9/09/12 at 11:47 am

    Why can’t this guy accidentally slip and hit his head in the shower or something? Cost = $0

  3. MT Geoff on 9/09/12 at 12:34 pm

    I’m with Gerry at #2 on this. We’ve spent a lot more than $16k just getting him into the US.We’ll spend a lot more than $16k on his prosecution and on his defense.
    The hook prostheses are potentially weapons and the hands probably won’t be — this suspect is hardly the first in US custody with prostheses, after all.
    We wanted him brought here for trial (and I do), so we’re responsible for a decent standard of care now that we have him. During wars, we’ve provided prostheses for enemy PWs. We are a decent people.

  4. Blue Hen on 9/09/12 at 12:47 pm

    MT: During wars, we’ve provided prostheses for enemy PWs. We are a decent people.

    He’s not a prisoner of war. he’s a terrorist. He’s not a standard criminal. He’s a terrorist. According to international law, their status and treatment is different. And as for being a decent people, as far as I know, the dumb bastard that made the mighty mo video is STILL in solitary confinement for a “probation violation”. That was after our dear leader, the cops and the media broadcast his location AND that of his neighbors. You wanna try squaring that circle?

    If the dear leader wants to get shout outs for being decent to a terrorist after denying our embassy in Libya any meaningful security, that’s fine by me. It speaks volumes as to intelligence and priorities.

  5. MT Geoff on 9/09/12 at 2:48 pm

    Howdy Blue Hen
    Of course al-Masri is accused of crimes, not of being a soldier. The comparison is shaky, I grant you, but he is a prisoner in the custody of the US government — our custody. His hands are gone. In order for him to get along, he needs prostheses. Decency requires that we provide them regardless of the depravity of which the preacher is accused — accused, not convicted yet.
    We provide medical care to Major Hasan, too, and must, as a humane people. I’m with those who hope his last medical care will be to place him on the gurney for his execution. Until that sad event, though, the major and the preacher both have a claim on us for humane treatment.

  6. Blue Hen on 9/09/12 at 9:51 pm

    the major and the preacher both have a claim on us for humane treatment.

    I notice that you chose to ignore the guy sitting in solitary confinement for a “probation violation”. There’s nothing humane about a non-violent filmmaker sitting in solitary.

  7. Warlord1958 on 10/10/12 at 10:21 am

    A .22 LR to the brain stem will take care of everything. The Brits were PAYING someone $60,000 a year to wipe this piece of crap’s ass. Guess they didn’t have a fire hose handy.