Terror Probe: A Shoe Bomb Is No One-Man Job

Cautious U.S. investigators say they have no evidence would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid is a well-trained al-Qaeda operative rather than just a flaky loner with a fondness for radical Islamic sayings. French Justice officials, however, are beginning to think differently. "There's simply no way this kind of loser could have planned and carried this out on his own," an official told TIME last week, referring to Reid's failed attempt to ignite explosives in his sneakers while flying from Paris to Miami last month. Reid, 28, reportedly told the FBI he found the explosives he used on the Internet and bought them...

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