Plotter recalls al-Qaida brainstorming targets

Jeremy Schneider, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa

NEW YORK (AP) — A British shoe-bomb plotter testifying by video for a second time in a New York courtroom revealed potential U.S. and English terror targets that were discussed at al-Qaida brainstorming sessions.

Saajid Badat testified Tuesday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed — the self-professed architect of the Sept. 11 attacks — said in 2001 that al-Qaida should consider attacking the West Coast of the United States or the Canary Wharf financial district in London.

It was Badat’s second day of testimony at the trial of an Egyptian cleric who became an extremist Islamic figure in London in the late 1990s.

Just a month after testifying at the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Badat was filmed in the United Kingdom as he answered questions from a U.S. prosecutor and a defense lawyer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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