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September 6th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Shakedown by Jamaica's radical sheik

Editor's note: Drew Griffin and Todd Schwarzschild, of CNN's Special Investigations Unit bring us this report on a radical Jamaican sheik.

He has influenced convicted terrorists such as Richard Reid, the so-called shoe-bomber. His sermons were found in the apartment of suicide bombers who struck London, England, in 2005. Even one of the 9/11 plotters is said to have been a follower of Sheik Abdullah El-Faisal.

Now in Jamaica, El-Faisal is less than a two-hour flight from the United States. No airline will allow him on board; he is widely thought to be on U.S. and UK no-fly lists. But history suggests El-Faisal might not need to travel to be influential among jihadists bent on violence against the U.S. and other Western nations.

The authorities on the Caribbean island keep tabs on him. Jamaica's Muslim leadership has banned him from preaching in established mosques, just in case his radical rhetoric stirs a Jamaican jihad. That's why we came here, at El-Faisal's invitation, to find out his plans.

Little did we know his plans included raising money from a most unusual source - CNN.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • Scandal • TV

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Frogist

    LOL! CNN is refusing to finance terrorism? What will the right wing media say about this?!

    September 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
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