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Shoe-Bomb Suspect Angry With Israel

September 13, 2002|From Associated Press

BOSTON — A man accused of trying to blow up an airliner with explosives in his shoes told FBI interrogators he was driven by anger over the treatment of Muslims in Israel, transcripts of the interrogations show.

Richard Reid, 29, a British citizen and convert to Islam, told investigators that he traveled in June 2001 to Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, and was angered to see "Jews with guns" inside.

"His trip to Jerusalem further emboldened him to act against the West when he witnessed the many checkpoints and travel restrictions on Muslims," an interrogation transcript says.

Asked why he didn't choose to attack Israel, Reid told investigators, "America is the problem, without America there would be no Israel."

Reid is charged with attempting to detonate explosives aboard American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22.

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