Transatlantic Shoe Bomber Knew Bin Laden
April 20th, 2012
03:23 AM ET

Transatlantic Shoe Bomber Knew Bin Laden

By Paul Cruickshank, CNN Terrorism Analyst

Saajid Badat, a U.K. terrorist convicted for plotting in December 2001 to blow up a shoe bomb on a transatlantic airliner heading from Europe to the United States, revealed in a U.S. court Thursday that he met Osama bin Laden several times in Afghanistan between 2000-2001.

When he pleaded guilty in 2005, Badat indicated that had been directed by al Qaeda to launch the plot, but this is the first time he has publicly revealed his interactions with the terrorist group’s founder.

As part of his guilty plea, Badat admitted he had conspired with shoe-bomber Richard Reid to launch the plot against transatlantic aviation. In December 2001 Reid attempted but failed to blow up a plane travelling from Paris to Miami with a device made from the explosive PETN hidden in his shoe, and
subsequently pleaded guilty of the plot in the United States.

The revelations about Badat’s ties to bin Laden suggest it is possible the deceased terrorist leader had a hand in the plots to target U.S. bound aviation with shoe bombs in late 2001.

The plots have previously been linked to two of bin Laden’s close lieutenants. In a 2007 Guantanamo hearing, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stated “I was responsible for the Shoe Bomber Operation to down two American airplanes.” After the Taliban were driven from Kabul in 2001, records of Reid’s travels were found on an al Qaeda computer used by Ayman al Zawahiri.

Badat testified that he met bin Laden on several occassions in Afghanistan and peformed some tasks for him. He said al Qaeda members referred to their organization as “Jamaat us Sheikh” – the Sheikh’s group - and that the Sheikh they were referring to was bin Laden. He said he also met several other al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan.

Badat stated he travelled from the United Kingdom to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in 1999 when he was 19 with the intention of getting military training for violent Jihad, and had not initially intended to join al Qaeda. He stated he began acting under the directons of the group in the Summer of 2000 after receiving paramilitary training and traveling to a range of locations including Kabul, Jalalabad and Kandahar.

Badat traveled back to the United Kingdom from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region with an explosive device in December 2001 but decided to pull out of launching the attack. He was arrested two years
Later, he said.

Badat’s testimony came via pre-recorded video in the trial in a federal court house in Brooklyn of alleged American al Qaeda recruit Adis Medunjanin who U.S. authorities accuse of plotting to launch an attack on New York Subways in 2009. Badat was smartly dressed in a suit, white shirt and blue tie and spoke eloquently in crisp sentences. His close shaved head and stubble made him almost unrecognizable from photos published at the time of his arrest.

Badat stated he was testifying in the case as part of his cooperation agreement with U.K. authorities, which saw his sentence cut. He explained had decided to testify via video link because he feared arrest if he travelled to the United States because of outstanding terrorism charges against him there for the plot to target transatlantic aviation.

Badat’s testimony is scheduled to continue Monday.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Peggie Demorest

    March 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  2. Sick Of Propaganda

    What a hilarious piece of propaganda nonsense. Come on CNN no one believes this crap. Print some real news for once. How about discussing the NDAA or the $15 Trillion the FED sent to European banks for starters.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
  3. RonPaulKicksAss

    Do people still believe this war propaganda??? I DON'T!!! KONY is war propaganda too, if you didn't know. YouTube search: false flags. Learn about it!

    April 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Thor

      Your Name Sucks

      April 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
      • The War Criminal General Sherman

        Says the fag who names himself after a myth.

        April 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  4. tpl777

    Hes Liein' !

    April 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Tom of Finland

      Learn to spell.

      April 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  5. shivadass

    Don't let them distract you anymore.
    Wake Up

    April 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  6. Peter

    Does this mean we can leave our shoes on at the airport now?

    April 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  7. jack

    compared to the 8 years of lunacy before it's a mind calming success.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply

    the shoe bomber idiot occured over three years ago , cnn is doing their worse to remind us that seal team six took out bin laden with the ok from obama .

    yes cnn is once again reminding us of the one and only thing obama spoke correct on , the rest of obama tenure is a poor failure.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • jack

      compared to the 8 years of lunacy before, it's a mind calming success

      April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • Carl

        Referring to Bush as a lunatic is an insult to the mentally ill.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:08 am |

      We need more reasoned unbiased fact-based reporting like CNN

      April 20, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
      • RF Burns

        Yeah, like referring to Zimmerman as a "White Hispanic". Very unbiased...sure.

        April 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Pinko

      You do know that he's being handed the next 4 years on a platter by the excruciatingly vile, corrupt and inept Rethuglicans, don't you?

      April 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • Dennis

        The worst thing about it is they believe it is the 'patriotic" and "American" response to things they refuse to accept.Yes,they had also better learn to accept that "Socialism" in their definiton is going to be running things for another four years in this country...Like their chant in the 60's,"Love it or Leave it!..the same applies today to these "UnAmerican" Republican conservatives.Or how about "Hit the road,Jack"..if you don't like it here,there are lots of other places to live.Have at it,your services are no longer needed.

        April 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Dennis

      By the tone of your comment,it appears you are also a complete failure yourself.

      April 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Angela Birch

      Some failure. Stock market value doubled. Companies making record profits, highest in history. GM not only still in business but profitable, paid back most of the loans and is ahead of repayment schedule. Chrysler still in business and profitable, paid back all loans> Avoided depression and we were out of recession within 6 month of OBama taking office. 26 straight months of job growth. Under Bushie we were losing 750,000 jobs every month. Dependence on imported oil dropped from 78% of all oil imported to 49% of ll oil imported. Massive increase in drilling in the US both offshore and on land. Crime rate is down. What do you want, Obama to walk on water while changing it to wine?

      April 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
      • RF Burns

        Sure. When the maket does well under the GOP, it's because of corruption and a "pro-big business" mentality.

        April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Ricardo Sambrani

      Ted Nugent is nothing more than an in-bred ignorant redneck. His only problem with Obama is that Obama is black, educated, intelligent, and hetro-sexual. Ted has issues stemming from the fact that he lost his virginity to a sheep. It wasn't all bad though, Ted took that sheep to his high school prom. Snap...wait a minute...Ted never went to high school.

      April 22, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
  9. Hahahahahaha

    So does Ted Nugent!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    April 20, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • Pliny

      It's nice to see that Ted Nugent is now the punchline in a whole new set of jokes.

      Up until last week, he was the punchline in "Who is the worst musician ever?" jokes.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • brillow

        i'd like to hear how ted really feels about this administration

        April 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Cooze

        Its probably giving him a dose of cat scratch fever.

        April 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
      • Dennis

        I think Ted Pungent is trying to rewrite the lyrics to his song "Ass scratch fever"

        April 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Feltch

        I must confess that I'll always have a soft spot in my 70s' teenage heart for The Nuge – especially 'Double Live Gonzo'.

        "San Antonio.........San Antonio......
        ........suck my bone-e-oh"

        April 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
      • RF Burns

        And you have how many hit records?

        April 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

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