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Airline suspect's 'volcanoes of revenge' threat
One of the leaders of the alleged airline suicide plot threatened "volcanoes of anger and revenge" on the British public for caring more about foxhunting than the war in Iraq, a court has heard.
Ahmed Abdulla Ali, 27, filmed a "martyrdom video" in which he said that large demonstrations had forced the Government to change its policy on bloodsports and accused his targets of showing "more care and concern for animals" than for Muslims.
He said he would teach the West a "lesson they will never forget" in the video played to the jury.
Ali and seven other men are accused of planning to blow up transatlantic airliners in a suicide bombing operation planned in August 2006. As the trial moved into its second week, jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were shown the full "suicide" videos filmed by members of the gang accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic jets in mid-air over America and Canada.
Seven suicide videos were made by six men, recorded on a Sony camcorder, and lasting more than an hour. All wore similar black and white checked headscarfs and sat in front of a black flag with white Arabic writing.
Ali's video lasted for 16 minutes and at one stage he lost his train of thought, asking, "What was the question?"
He added: "This the opportunity to punish and humiliate the kuffar (unbelievers), to teach them a lesson they will never forget. It is to tell them we Muslim people have pride."
Referring to Osama bin Laden, Ali told his audience: "Sheikh Osama warned you many times to leave our lands or you will be destroyed and now the time has come for you to be destroyed and you have nothing to expect than floods of martyr operations, volcanoes and anger and revenge erupting among your capital."
He went on: "Expect floods of martyr operations against you and we will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people and your body parts and your people's body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets."
Just before wiping the sweat from his brow with a towel, he added: "I was over the moon that Allah has given me the opportunity to lead this blessed operation."
They were also asked whether they were worried about "so-called innocent victims." Hussain said: "You've got to blame yourself, and collateral damage is going to be inevitable and people are going to die, besides, you know, it's worth the price."
The Sony digital video tape was found hidden in the garage of Assad Sarwar in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire along with more than 20 litres of hydrogen peroxide, allegedly a key ingredient for the bombs.
If these hadn’t been recorded 2 years ago I would have said that they had been watching too much Dr Who over the weekend and that they need to leave the front room lights on next week.