"I Am at War with Your Country" (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
Shoe Bomber Attempts Suicide Bombing of American Airlines Paris-to-Miami Flight
By: Richard Reid and Judge William Young
Date: January 30, 2003
Source: Court hearing transcript, January 30, 2003; excerpts published January 31, 2003. Available from CNN.com/Law Center at <<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/01/31/reid.transcript/" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/01/31/reid.transcript/> (accessed July 8, 2005).
About the Author: Richard Reid, widely known as the shoe bomber, was born August 12, 1973, in England. After his conviction in 2003, he began serving a life sentence in prison in Florence, Colorado. William Young, the chief justice of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, imposed the sentence.
On December 22, 2001, American Airlines Flight 63, a Boeing 767, was en route from Paris to Miami, Florida, with 185 passengers and twelve crew members aboard. At about 11:00 A.M. EST, when the plane was about ninety minutes away from Boston, a flight attendant noticed the smell of sulfur in the cabin. She approached...
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