Abu Bakar Baasyir says one of the bombs used in the 2002 Bali bombings was a nuclear device.
Bashir said he got word from an expert in bombs that the device, which Amrozi is said to have made, was not a homemade bomb but a micro-nuclear one. For those who disagreed with him these words were offered:
If anyone says it was a homemade bomb it's clear that that opinion is from an idiot.
(Kalau ada yang mengatakan itu bom rakitan, jelas pernyataan itu adalah pendapat dari orang idiot.)
Speaking in Malang on the 21st Bashir urged that the matter be investigated thoroughly. He alleged that the reason this had not yet happened was pressure from the United States, which sought to cover up the truth and lay the blame on Amrozi, Amrozi being a person incapable of making such a sophisticated device.
Bashir has long been on the record as claiming that America planned and carried out the bombing in Kuta of the Paddy's nightclub and that the bomb used could not have been made by Amrozi, who Bashir seems to think of as no Einstein (see Jamestown).
On the recent travel warning from Australia Bashir said that Australia itself would create terror attacks in Indonesia. If Australia predicted there would be a terror attack it must mean that they themselves were planning it, according to Bashir's Yemeni logic:
That's their way and actually terrorism can't be separated from them, that's why they predict an attack will happen in September, because at that time they will create an attack.
(Itu kan ulah mereka dan sebenarnya teror itu tidak lepas dari mereka sendiri, makanya berani memprediksi akan terjadi pada bulan September karena pada waktu-waktu itu mereka akan berbuat.)
Prior to visiting Malang Bashir had been on a whirlwind tour across eastern Java, visiting Madiun, Ponorogo, Mojokerto, and Surabaya. Attending the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the Front Pembela Islam, Islam Defenders' Front, (FPI) meant a trip to Jakarta interrupted his East Java odyssey. After Malang visits to Pamekasan and Probolinggo have already been pencilled in in his busy schedule.