Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, who was among the 12 killed in a terrorist attack on the magazine’s Paris office today, was included on the above “most wanted” list in the Winter 2013 issue of al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine.
The list also included British writer Salman Rushdie, Dutch politician Geer Wilders, American pastor Terry Jones, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, former Jyllands-Posten (the newspaper that ran Westergaard’s Mohammed cartoons) editor-in-chief Carsten Luste and creative editor Flemming Rose, National American Coptic Assembly leader Morris Sadik, Aayan Hirsi Ali, and American cartoonist Molly Norris, who created “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” in 2010 after South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were threatened for showing a cartoon likeness of Mohammed.
The latest issue of Inspire, released around Christmas, includes notes referencing the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, and suggests that a March gas explosion that leveled two Harlem apartment buildings may have not been an accident.
The Winter 2014 issue — an “open source jihad special” — is largely devoted to lauding recent “lone mujahid” attacks and encouraging future lone wolves, as the U.S. government calls them, to try a new al-Qaeda recipe for a bomb they claim can fool airport security.
The magazine hails Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as conducting an “inghimaasi” attack — “immersing oneself deep into enemy lines to inflict damage or attain Shahada” — and lauds the lone jihadists as “scattered Mujahideen” whose effects can be powerful enough to “surpass that of the first legion,” or rank-and-file members of terrorist organizations.
“It’s not necessary to do what Muhammad Atta did, it’s enough to do what Nidal Hassan did,” the issue states. “… It’s not necessary to travel to the battlefield, it’s enough to kill the enemy back home.”
The issue features an extensive tutorial on airline security steps and how to evade them, with a step-by-step recipe to construct a “hidden bomb” of potassium chlorate from boiled-down matchsticks and black seed encased in a plastic water bottle cloaked in silicone. It gives a recipe using eggshells to get the acetone needed for the detonator, then suggests making a “good cheese and tomato frittata” for breakfast out of the eggs after bomb-making.
And, like that 2013 issue, it offers specific targets.
The magazine singled out American Airlines, United, Delta, Continental, British Airways, Easy Jet, and Air France as specific air targets to use with the “hidden bomb.”
It also encouraged going after people who haven’t necessarily offended Islam but represent the United States’ economic power.
It names Ben Bernanke, the former Fed chairman who stepped down nearly a year ago. Although the rest of the magazine pinpoints some very current events, it erroneously still references Bernanke as chairman.
“These are people who run the American economy. They are considered to be the great economic minds. It is not necessary for them to have a large capital. One example is Ben Shalom Bernanke. He is the current Chairman of the
Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, one of the most important influential personalities in the stock
markets and world economy,” Inspire states.
Another name singled out is Bill Gates.
“Wealthy entrepreneurs or company owners” have “the largest capitals, the greatest investors in America. One of them is William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates, the current chairman of Microsoft. He has a great influence in the American economy.”
“Identify your target. Collect information about him and methods of meeting him, including occasions with the least
security measures,” the magazine advises for targets such as Bernanke and Gates. “Move as close to him as possible, at least one metre from the target. Try to carry out the operation together with a hand shake or a hug. If you are able to target him with a gun for example, then do not depend on the bomb. Because the circumstances behind using this bomb is tight security.”
“The economists and wealthy people can save themselves and their money by following simple conditions:
1. Drawing all their money from American banks, and moving them to banks that are not related to the American stock
2. Investing their wealth outside American soil.
3. Declaring via media that he is far from American policies towards Muslim and America’s support for Israel.”