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Would-Be Shoe Bomber Gets Life Term

Richard C. Reid, the British drifter and Muslim fundamentalist who attempted to detonate bombs in his shoes during a transatlantic flight, today was sent to prison for life as the first admitted member of al Qaeda sentenced in the United States since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Reid, 29, remained defiant, describing himself as a soldier of war and denouncing U.S. policies against Muslim nations as justification for his attempted downing of American Airlines Flight 63 in December 2001. Nearly 200 passengers and crew members were aboard the Paris-to-Miami flight. In a dramatic climax to the two-hour proceeding, Reid was muscled out of the courtroom in handcuffs by four federal marshals after shouting at U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young. Young had concluded the sentencing with a stern defense of his decision to put Reid behind bars for life without possibility of parole. Full Story

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