Would-Be Shoe-Bomber: God Will Set Me Free

With the horror of Sept. 11 still fresh in the minds of the American public, there came another scare from the sky. On December 22, 2001, self-confessed al Qaeda member Richard Reid boarded a Paris to Miami flight with a home-made bomb concealed in his shoe. He tried to blow up the jet but failed to light the fuse before being subdued by passengers and the flight crew. Reid was convicted of all charges against him and is currently serving a life sentence at a Colorado prison. AP

The man imprisoned for trying to blow up an American passenger jet with explosives hidden in his shoes says he has no regrets and trusts that God will set him free, according to a British newspaper.

"I had a couple of good dreams about my situation changing for the better ..." Richard Reid reportedly wrote from prison, the Daily Mirror said Monday.

Reid is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colo. after a 2001 attempt to blow up a Paris-Miami flight. He was subdued by passengers and crew as he attempted to ignite his sneakers.

The flight was diverted to Boston where it landed safely.

The Mirror did not say when the letters were written or to whom they were sent, although Reid addresses his father, Robin, in some passages.

He asks his father whether he has been praying five times a day, and says his aunt could not have reached heaven if she died while believing in Christianity.

"What you wrote about Aunt Lynn being in a better place, you should know that while Allah is merciful and forgiving, this applies only to those who upheld His rights, at least at a basic level," the newspaper quotes him as writing.

The Mirror did not disclose how it obtained the letters, which came with an undated photograph of Reid sitting on a cot in a white prison uniform.
  • Sean Alfano

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