Editor's note: CNN's Drew Griffin reports on federal criminal charges for threats against the creators of South Park.
Editor's note: In this special, web-only extended version of the interview, CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Tony Blair about the West's relationship with the Muslim world after bin Laden's death.
New York (CNN) – After a stealth U.S. military operation, notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden may be dead but the notion of a fundamental conflict between Islam and the West which he advocated remains a problem, according to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper whether the front line in the global war on terrorism has now shifted to Pakistan, the country where bin Laden was found and killed by the United States, or to Yemen, a growing center of influence for al Qaeda and those inspired by al Qaeda, Blair said the issue wasn’t that simple.
“Sometimes people say, ‘Well, what should we be worried about most? Would it be Afghanistan? Would it be Iraq? Would it be Pakistan? Would it be Yemen? Would it be Somalia?’ The answer to that question is all of those, I’m afraid,” Blair said in an interview set to air Friday on AC360°. “For me this is one struggle," continued Blair, “It’s got many different aspects to it. One is the security aspect. But the other is the narrative, the ideology that people like bin Laden represent. Because my fear is that the narrative has a far broader support than those engaged in extremism would suggest.”
Blair explained that he believes the number of individuals who turn to violence because of radical Islamic beliefs is “a relatively small number.” But, “those that buy into the narrative that there is this fundamental conflict, that the West is oppressing Islam, I think that stretches far deeper.”
Since leaving office in the U.K. Blair has worked as an envoy in the Middle East peace process.
Tune in to AC360° beginning at 10pm ET Friday to watch more of the Blair interview.
Program Note: Last year, CNN's Drew Griffin spoke with the brothers of the "Revolution Muslim" who were spreading a message of violence on the New York City streets. Watch Drew's original report above. Drew Griffin has reconnected with one of these men, who just last year professed his love for Osama bin Laden, but in 2010 has changed his tune. Watch AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to here what he's saying now.
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CNN Investigative Correspondent
Yousef al Khattab told me last year he loved Osama Bin Laden more than he loved himself. He tried to tell me why the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 were justified, and how he and his radical Islamic friends saw nothing wrong with the hate inspired rants they posted on their website: Revolution Muslim.
This past Sunday, on a brisk walk in Central Park, Khattab told me all those things he said were wrong. Waffling between declaring himself a dupe or simply misunderstood, he was explicit in the new message he is hoping to get out, that committing violence against civilians, whether in New York City or a Shiite Mosque in Iraq, is disgusting.
The website he helped found is now down. But today, we learn, its reach is far from over.
Over the past three years, followers, bloggers or readers of the site have been linked to 8 of the 27 terror cases here in the United States. And now Today "Revolution Muslim" can take partial credit for one more.
A 21 year old American who converted to Islam, is under arrest, accused of attempting to blow up a U.S. military recruiting station. And buried in the criminal complaint is this:
"On November 3, 2010, he was seen viewing the "Revolution Muslim" website...."
Khattab says the website become a "bug-light for Muslim misfits". He told me he regrets that his message was taken by some as a justification to attack civilians. He says terrorists who attack civilians anywhere in the world are "disgusting".
With so many of his followers under arrest, it is truly hard to tell if Khattab is now telling the truth, or just running scared. Law enforcement sources tell me either way, the collapse of this one website and apparent conversion of its founder, is a win.
Tonight, you have the opportunity to listen to Khattab, then and now, and decide which voice is the telling the truth.
AC360° Digital Producer
Editor’s Note: Watch Anderson's interview with Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly.
(CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle will soon receive a personal invitation to visit Dearborn, Michigan – and a bit of the history lesson in the process.
Last week at a rally of Tea Party movement supporters, Angle said Dearborn and Frankford, Texas are subject to Sharia, or Islamic law.
“We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it,” Angle said according to audio of the rally obtained by the Washington Post. “My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.”
In a letter sent to Angle Monday, Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly, Jr. fired back at the Nevada Republican.
“I am deeply distressed that you have been misled about our community and the way that we conduct our affairs,” O’Reilly writes.
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(CNN) – Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.
“We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it,” Angle said according to audio of the rally obtained by the Washington Post. “My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.”
The problem? Well, Frankford, Texas doesn’t really exist.
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