Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Shakedown by Jamaica's radical sheik
Sheik Abdullah al-Faisal, a self-proclaimed reformed radical, wanted CNN to pay him for an interview.
Sheik Abdullah al-Faisal, a self-proclaimed reformed radical, wanted CNN to pay him for an interview.He has influenced convicted terrorists such as Richard Reid, the so-called shoe-bomber. His sermons were found in the apartment of suicide bombers who struck London, England, in 2005. Even one of the 9/11 plotters is said to have been a follower of Sheik Abdullah El-Faisal.Now in Jamaica, El-Faisal is less than a two-hour flight from the United States. No airline will allow him on board; he is widely thought to be on U.S. and UK no-fly lists. But history suggests El-Faisal might not need to travel to be influential among jihadists bent on violence against the U.S. and other Western nations
Jamaica's Muslim leadership has banned him from preaching in established mosques, just in case his radical rhetoric stirs a Jamaican jihad. That's why we came here, at El-Faisal's invitation, to find out his plans.Little did we know his plans included raising money from a most unusual source -- CNN.
Trail of terror
British prosecutors decided El-Faisal's sermons went beyond rhetoric