The Blind Sheikh’s Continued Influence

By Jere Keys
Sheikh Omar Ahmad Ali Adbel Rahman is a central figure in United States v. Stewart, the appellate decision excerpted in Chapter 6, which affirms the conviction of attorney Lynne Stewart and remands for consideration of increasing her sentence.   He is also known as The Blind Sheikh and remains a controversial influence on global politics almost 20 years after his involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2012, inflamed by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States, protests erupted outside U.S. embassies in Muslim nations around the world leading to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya. In Cairo, however, protests on that day were originally planned weeks in advance by terrorist group Jamaa Islamiya to demand the release of Rahman, as illustrated by this protest footage where a speaker declares “Our honor will be restored and we will be appeased when Dr. Omar Abd Al-Rahman is returned (to Egypt).”

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