9/11 mastermind: Bin Laden son-in-law didn't know about attack

9/11 mastermind: Bin Laden son-in-law didn't know about attack

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- The son-in-law of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was unaware of plans for the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks on New York and Washington, a court was told Monday.

Man who backed out of shoe bomb plot testifies at Abu Ghaith trial

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- The man who plotted with shoe bomber Richard Reid testified in the federal terror trial in New York against al-Qaida publicist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

Jury selection begins in Osama bin Laden's son-in-law's trial

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- The jury pool was winnowed in the federal trial in New York for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law after several potential jurors said they couldn't be impartial.

U.S. tells airlines of possible shoe-bomb threat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials have issued an alert for a new shoe-bomb threat to flights entering the country, NBC News reported.

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Former terrorist may testify in trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An apparent accomplice of convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid can testify in the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, a New York federal judge has ruled.

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Putting TSA's SPOT program on the spot

HERNDON, Va., July 23 (UPI) -- Transportation Security Administration's SPOT program could be more effective.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Records show terror-linked imam al-Awlaki liked pizza, call girls

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- An American-born Muslim cleric linked to terrorism liked pizza and call girls, investigative documents released under the Freedom of Information Act indicate.

Two rebels die in 19-hour Indian gun battle

NEW DELHI, June 7 (UPI) -- A 19-hour gun battle between rebels and Indian security forces in Kashmir left two militants dead, The Times of India reported.

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Richard Reid
DAVP2001042305 - 23 APRIL 2001 - DAVENPORT, IOWA, USA: Richard Reid, with U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Peoria, Ill., patrols Davenport, Iowa after the Mississippi River jumped it's banks and flooded the downtown April, 23, 2001. rw/mc/Mark Cowan UPI

Richard Colvin Reid (born August 12, 1973), commonly known as the shoe bomber, is a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda who pled guilty in 2002 in U.S. federal court to eight criminal counts of terrorism stemming from his attempt to destroy a commercial aircraft in-flight by detonating explosives hidden in his shoes. He is currently serving a life sentence without parole in a super maximum security prison in the United States. His crime led to the new requirement of American, and subsequently many other countries airline passengers having to remove their shoes for inspection before boarding a flight or entering an airline terminal.

Reid was born a British citizen in Bromley, South London, to Leslie Hughes, who was of white English descent, and Colvin Robin Reid, whose father was a Jamaican immigrant of African descent. When Reid was born, his father, a career criminal, was in jail for stealing a car. Reid left school at age 16, becoming a petty crook who was in and out of jail himself, the first time for assaulting an elderly woman. He began writing graffiti under the name Enrol with FRF crew, and ultimately accumulated more than 10 convictions for crimes against persons and property, serving sentences at the Feltham Young Offenders Institution and at the Blundeston Prison. According to his father, Reid became depressed and blamed racism for some of his problems. His father advised him to convert to Islam, telling him that Muslims were more egalitarian and they got better food in prison. The next time Reid was incarcerated (in 1995 for petty theft), he converted.

Upon his release from prison in 1996 he joined the Brixton Mosque. He later began attending the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London headed at that time by the anti-American cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and described as "the heart of the extremist Islamic culture" in Britain. By 1998 Reid was voicing extremist views, and may have fallen under the sway of "terrorist talent spotters and handlers" allied with Al Qaeda.

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