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Richard Reid

Richard C. Reid (born 1973), also known as the shoe bomber, is a British citizen from South London and a Muslim who was arrested on December 22, 2001 for attempting to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes. The flight was American Airlines Flight 63 going from Paris to Miami. He was caught struggling with a book of matches and subdued by other passengers on the airliner. On January 30, 2003, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Michael Moore's thoughts (http://www.michaelmoore.com/books-films/stupidwhitemen/onlinechapters/part01.php)
  • This CNN webpage (http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/01/31/reid.transcript/) gives a transcript of Reid's conviction
  • This timeline from CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/01/07/reid.timeline/index) gives an account of Reid's actions before and during his attempted terrorist act.

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