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‘Shoe Bomber’ Reid Says Has No Regrets

From the UK’s Daily Mirror:

Shoe bomber Richard Reid: Jail’s where Allah wants me

By Graham Brough 30/07/2007

This is the first extraordinary picture of maniac Shoe Bomber Richard Reid behind bars as he dreams that Allah will set him free.

The Mirror has exclusively seen prison letters from the 33-year-old Briton who is serving 110 years in a US jail for trying to bomb nearly 200 air passengers out of the sky.

He never once expresses remorse or regret for his vile crime. Instead, he rambles that “everything which occurs in this life contains some good for us”.

But though the simple-minded street mugger turned zealous Muslim convert believes he will be rewarded in heaven he fantasises of freedom on earth.

Declaring his belief that God will make his delusional hopes come true, he writes: “I had a couple of good dreams about my situation changing for the better in the not so distant future, so this is a blessing from Allah.

“I place my trust in Allah that he will bring that into fruition and ask him to give me patience until the time when that occurs.”

Al-Qaeda trained Reid is serving his time in ADX Florence, a Supermax jail in Colorado where he is so reviled by inmates he lives in virtual isolation.

He has no luxuries in his sparsely furnished cell – where he spends his time studying Islam – beyond a few books and thin prison writing paper.

His few personal possession are stored in a crude cardboard box. His wispy beard is longer than when he was arrested in December 2001 and his hair is shorter.

In his letters, Reid rants at his Jamaican father Robin, 54, for his lack of faith – and tries to tap him up for £5.

He also cruelly rejects the idea that a loving aunt who died suddenly could be in a “better place” because she did not take up his religion.

Reid tells Robin, a recovering drug addict living in a hostel for the homeless: “How’s your situation in regards to upholding the daily prayers?

“Hopefully my advice was well received and if you didn’t start praying yet, I’d ask you to re-read the two letters I wrote earlier this year on that subject and to reflect on your situation with Allah.”

Referring to his trust in Allah, he writes: “As long as we strive to follow the laws which he has laid down for us then everything which occurs in this life contains some good for us.”

He also tells Robin, who spent most of Reid’s childhood years in prison: “About not being the best father in the world nor the worst, then all I can say is that what is in the past is in the past, and none of us is perfect.

“I myself cannot claim to have always done my best in dealing with you.

“I’ve without doubt come over as a bit harsh to you – although I’m like that with pretty much everyone.” He signs off in his Muslim name of Abdul Raheem.

Reid, born of an English mother in Bromley, South East London, was a small-time criminal who served time in a number of lock-ups.

He converted to Islam while in Feltham young offenders institution, in West London.

Once out of jail he stayed with his father’s sister Madeline, known as Lynn.

Lynn, 55, died in Britain in November last year. Relatives said she passed away from a broken heart.

Robin wrote to his son to give him the distressing news, saying: “I’m sure she’s in a better place.”

Reid replied harshly: “What you wrote about Aunt Lynn being in a better place, you should know that while Allah is merciful and forgiving, this applies only to those who upheld His rights, at at least at a basic level.

“I do know that if she died while still believing that Jesus and God are one then that’s not good as she had the chance to find out about Islam.

“And while I wish I could say she had gone to a better place I can’t for the reasons mentioned.”

In a PS he begs for cash. He writes: “A few months back you sent me Û10 (about £5) which was returned to you because you sent it to the wrong address.

“At that time you said you’d forward it to the right address if I wanted but I said I didn’t need it. However, since then I’ve run out of money so if you are able to send me something – even a little – I’d appreciate that.”

Reid was overpowered by passengers and crew on a Miami-bound American Airlines Boeing 767 from Paris as he tried to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes.

He worshipped at Brixton mosque, in South London, before vanishing in 1998.

He is then believed to have travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as to European countries on scouting missions for targets.

The Daily Mirror is a hoot.

It’s nice to see a terrorist described in less than politically correct terms.

(Notice that they still seem to be keeping him away from shoes.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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