NEW YORK (CBS News) â€•The joint FBI-Homeland Security bulletin, obtained by CBS News today, bluntly warns that terrorists are still working to use “modified footwear as a concealment method for explosive devices,” CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.
The alert follows the discovery of bomb detonators – expertly hidden in the hollowed-out soles of this pair of shoes – found aboard a European bus last month.
Intelligence officials say the shoes were not being worn at the time, but instead were being used, as the document says, “to smuggle electric blasting caps across international borders for use in a terrorist attack.”
“The terrorists have an interest in explosive devices. They are trying to figure out the best way to push them, to move them through the system,” said CBS News counterterrorism analyst Paul Kurtz.
Shoes have been used by terrorists before.
Three months after 9/11, al Qaeda operative Richard Reid tried to blow up an American Airlines jet with a shoe bomb similar to the one shown in this test.
Now at U.S. airports, scanners X-ray all passengers’ shoes and carry on bags, searching for explosives.
* Its not that Bush hasn’t been ‘invited’ before by none other than Osama Bin Laden himself. These invitations usually come before an attack. OBL’s right hand man, the Egyptian medicine man Ayman Al Zawahiri also extended his invitation a while ago and Iran’s A-mad-in-jihad also called America to Islam.
* Ridiculous? Not if you understand how the mind of a Muhammedan works:
* Lets take a look at the hadith, the traditions and sayings about the profit:
Muhammad tells his followers to call people to Islam before waging war against them:
Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya [the tax on non-Muslims specified in Qur’an 9:29]. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Interview by Philip Smucker
SOLO, Indonesia – Even as Indonesia has gained the upper hand against religiously-inspired extremism, the spiritual mentor behind the Bali bombings, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, says he is confident that both time and Allah are on his side. He says that events across the Islamic world are conspiring to destroy the “crusade” of his greatest enemy, United States President George W Bush.
“Bush is a very stubborn man,” says Ba’asyir, reclining in a white shirt and plaid waist wrap on a couch in the reception hall of his religious boarding school, al-Mukhmin, a series of dingy concrete classrooms set on the grounds of a former commune in Central Java. “Bush doesn’t really know that he is losing this war and this is one of Allah’s ways of undermining his crusade to destroy Islam,” he adds.
Jakarta, 25 Oct. (AKI) – The alleged spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Southeast Asia’s largest terrorist group, has revealed he wrote a letter to US President George W. Bush, asking him not to use God’s name to destroy Islam.
In an interview with the online site Asia Times, Muslim cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, also called on Muslims to fight Washington with words and not with violence and bombs.
But he also declined to condemn the terrorists convicted of the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people.
“The bombers are actually counter terrorists because they are opposing US terrorism,” he said. “They are mujahids.”
Bashir did not specify when he wrote to the US president. He did, however, say he had asked Bush to abandon his ‘War on Terror’ and convert to the Muslim faith.
“The only way Bush can survive is for him to do what is being ordered by God, which is to believe in Islam, to convert to Islam,” said Bashir.
The controversial religious leader claimed the US was spreading the message that all terrorists are Islamists, and that all Muslims who fight for sharia [Islamic law] are being stigmatised, arrested and imprisoned.
“America is instigating a war of ideas, therefore we should fight back with our own war of thoughts, issues, preaching,” the cleric said.
“What we try to do is counter the lies, break down the lies.This activity in and of itself is much more productive and efficient than bombing.”
Bashir said that although Indonesian bombers’ intentions were “right,” their methods were “wrong.” He then argued that bombing ‘safe’ places such as Bali and the Marriot hotel in Jakarta gave ammunition to the Americans.
“When events occur, they (are) taken as justification by the government and US,” he said. “It is easy for them (Islamists) to become prey to US efforts to stigmatise all Muslims.”
Bashir, aged 69, was released from prison in 2006 after serving two years in Jakarta’s Cipinang penitentiary for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings.
His conviction was later overturned in appeal. He has consistently denied any connection to that or other attacks blamed on JI, whose objective is the creation of a caliphate in the region.
He has also often denied the mere existence of the terror group. The cleric is on a US list of terrorists.