30 Jun '12, 2am

Egyptian president wants 'Blind Sheikh' freed: In a rousing speech in Tahrir Square, Egypt's new president, Moha...

In a rousing speech in Tahrir Square, Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, told the crowd that he will work to free Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh." Rahman is currently serving a life sentence in a US prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a follow-on plot against New York City landmarks. Morsi's call for Rahman's return to Egypt was a curveball for all those Western watchers who are looking to brand the new president a moderate. At times, including during his speech on Friday, Morsi does use language that sounds quite conciliatory. But peppered throughout his rhetoric are troubling red flags. Sheikh Rahman was a longtime ally of Osama bin Laden. The deceased al Qaeda master credited a fatwa authored by Rahman for providing the religious justifications for the Sept. 11 attacks. Rahman has also served as the spiritual guide for G...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012...

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