Terrorist claims Al Qaeda bomb-making techniques are on US Navy website

Cover of Inspire magazine, a magazine about Al Qaeda's ideals aimed at reaching an English-speaking population. (Wikipedia)

A medical student in Aberdeen, Scotland is facing terrorism charges after allegedly downloading bomb-making guides from a magazine produced by Al Qaeda.

Yousif Badri, a 29-year-old medical student, was arrested on June 6, 2013, following a police raid of his apartment in Aberdeen.

During the aid, the police found a number of items on his hard drive, including 10 copies of an online magazine produced by Al Qaeda, called Inspire.

The copies of the magazine found by the police provided instructions on how to use a gun and how to make a bomb in the kitchen.

The Press and Journal reports that during Badri’s trial, Dr. Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute, who formerly worked for the FBI, was called in to testify.

During his video testimony, Levitt was asked if he knew that the magazines were available on the United States Navy website as Badri claimed.

Levitt said he did not know, but agreed that the magazine and other items including the Al Qaeda training manual were freely available on the internet.

“Inspire is about Al Qaeda’s philosophy,” Levitt said.

Dr. Levitt went on to say that Inspire was aimed at an English-speaking western audience, and one of the contributors was Osama Bin Laden.

Badri currently faces a number of allegations, including being involved in conduct “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism.”

According to prosecutors, Badri collected or made a record of information likely to be useful to a person “committing or preparing an act of terrorism,” between 2007 and 2013.

The information Badri collected includes footage of terror attacks as well as instructions on “urban assassinations” and “guerrilla tactics.”

Prosecutors also allege that Badri was making plans to attend a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

The trial is still in progress, and Badri denies all the charges against him.

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