Skip to comments.The Forgotten Clinton-Era Muslim Terrorist Attack (Empire State Building, 1997)
Posted on 11/07/2005 11:09:25 AM PST by Pyro7480
Gunman shoots 7, kills self at Empire State Building
'A popping noise,' then bloodshed, bedlam
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A man opened fire Sunday on an observation deck of the Empire State Building, killing one person and wounding six before shooting himself in the head, authorities said.
The gunman, a 69-year-old Palestinian, was taken to a hospital where he died more than five hours later, according to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's press office.
The man muttered something about Egypt seconds before he began shooting shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday on the 86th floor observation deck of one of the world's best-known tourist sites, witnesses said....
The other dead man was a 27-year-old Danish musician visiting the Empire State Building with an American friend from Connecticut, Matthew Gross, 27, who was also wounded, according to Giuliani.
The others wounded included a French couple from Verdun, whose 16-year-old daughter escaped injury; a 30-year-old Swiss man; an Argentinian man, 52; and a man from the Bronx. One of the wounded men was shot in the head, while others were less seriously hurt.
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According to another CNN story, a letter written by the terrorist "expressed anger at France and England for using Israel as 'an instrument' against Palestine, and indicated that Abu Kamal planned to vent his anger at the Empire State Building."
Look, if you're going to take facts and intent and use them to smear the Religion of Peace, then I think you have other issues of bias to address. /sarc
I never knew this happened and don't remember it ever being reported!
***I never knew this happened and don't remember it ever being reported!***
Where were you living in a cave?
Remember the Muzlem who shot up the El Al airliner counter in LA?.
How about the muzlem co-pilot who crashed a plane load of tourists, on their way to Egypt, into the Atlantic.
You need to get on the internet and read the news more!
Don't forget the mooselimb gypsy cab driver who popped off a few on the B'klyn Bridge at a school bus full of Hasidim, killing a young boy.
Add the kid who flew a plane into a building in Florida.
Isn't it odd how these "nuisances" kept piling up?
Religion of Peace bump
Remember this ?
And now they are going to honor their religion, by lighting the building in green. N U T S
It is like when the muslims build another mosque : marking their new expansion.
Europe hates muslims, more than they like socialism. That should tell us everything we need to know.
Many Americans are still asleep on this threat. They think that this is just a small police problem.
Just wait, until the Dems let millions of people from Iraq and Afghanistan come into the US. Much like Vietnam war, we are going to take in many millions of them.
When we w/d from the area, you know this will happen, and we are all going to have a serious dose of this.
It is apparently already happening. I do not have the link, but I remember the report that we are raising our legal immigrant allotments to many middle east countries now.
Then there are the illegals.
If we run from Iraq, the terrorists will move to Afghanistan as millions ? of Iraqis will run here.
Then when we will leave A...
We’re so screwed.
This is probably a story that ended up in Sandy Berger’s socks...
Remember the TROP guy who shot CIA employees in the parking lot at Langley in 95?
So they ruled that the relief pilot intentionally crashed the plane for reasons unknown.
As I remember, it was initially reported that there were about 30 fairly senior Egyptian army officers aboard flight 990. They had been participating in a joint U.S./Egyptian military training program and boarded the aircraft at Nellis AFB, NV. The aircraft departed LAX, stopped at Nellis AFB then proceeded to JFK where the rest of the passengers boarded. Later accounts did not mention the details about the Egyptian army officers which led me to theorize that they might have been the reason that the flight was targeted.
66 posted on 01/30/2007 6:42:53 AM PST by Ben Hecks | To 27
1997 : (LARRY WAYNE HARRIS SPEAKS ABOUT A PLAN TO RELEASE BUBONIC PLAGUE IN NY SUBWAYS, SAYS IT WOULD BE BLAMED ON IRAQIS- See LAS VEGAS ANTHRAX CASE) [Larry Wayne] Harris, 46, of Lancaster, Ohio, as a white separatist who last summer  spoke of a plan to release bubonic plague on New York City subways, causing "hundreds of thousands of deaths" in a massacre that would ruin the economy, surprise the military and be blamed on Iraqis. .---- "Testing of suspected anthrax begins; Sample of seized material taken from Las Vegas," CNN, February 20, 1998 Friday, Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT), http://www.cnn.com/US/9802/20/anthrax.tests/.
1997 [before 1997] : (SATTAR HAS A GOVERNMENT CLEARANCE AS A PARALEGAL TO VISIT SHEIK OMAR ABDEL RAHMAN IN FEDERAL PRISONS) Until 1997, Sattar had government clearance as a paralegal to visit Abdel-Rahman in federal prisons. Even as the government was tapping his phone, Sattar, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, was drawing a $40,000 salary for a job with the main post office on Staten Island that included picking up priority mail from secure areas of John F. Kennedy International Airport. That job ended when he was abruptly transferred to a desk job at a remote branch on Staten Island after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Sattar had the same job at the Staten Island post office that the first postal worker to come down with anthrax had at the Brentwood postal facility in D.C. The D.C. guy transferred mail between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Brentwood facility. 9 posted on 05/13/2002 7:37:47 AM PDT by aristeides | To 1 |
1997 : (EL HAGE FAXES AL QAEDA "MILITARY COMMANDER" REPORT ON AL QAEDA'S NEW TIES TO THE TALIBAN TO THREE MEN IN THE USA - A FLORIDA PILOT, ALI MOHAMMED, AND FARID ADLOUNI) The year was 1997, and one of Osama bin Laden's trusted aides, Wadih El-Hage, had just returned to Kenya from a meeting with bin Laden, who was known as "the contractor." His instructions were to "militarize" the Kenyan network of al-Qaida operatives, the men who would carry out the suicide bombing of the America Embassy in downtown Nairobi. El-Hage carried with him a seven-page report from al-Qaida's military commander that detailed the group's new ties to the Taliban leaders of Afghanistan. Days later, according to Kenyan phone records, he faxed the document to three men in the U.S. with the suggestion that it be shared with the "brothers in work." One fax went to a Florida man later identified in court testimony as an al-Qaida member and pilot. [El Shukrijumah??? Or someone else?] A second copy was sent to California, to Ali Mohammed, an intimate of bin Laden's who was involved in planning the embassy attacks. And the third went to Lake Oswego [Oregon], to the fax machine of a civil engineer named Farid Adlouni. Records show the two men had extensive contact. Over 16 months in 1996 and 1997, El-Hage called Adlouni in Oregon 72 times, sometimes just before or after meeting with bin Laden. Adlouni's home phone and fax numbers were listed in two personal phone directories and one notebook kept by El-Hage. The directories also contained coded entries for al-Qaida leaders. Adlouni, 38, has not been charged, but he is one of at least three Portland-area men the FBI has focused on in its investigation of suspected terror links to Oregon and the Northwest. He runs an online Muslim business directory in Southwest Portland..... MORE ------ ?OREGON LIVE.com: "AL-QAIDA TRAIL TRACKED TO NW" (091302)? via 9 posted on 09/14/2002 9:36:15 AM PDT by ValerieUSA | To 8
1997 : (OHIO TRUCKER IYMAN FARIS TICKETED FOR FAILING TO CONTROL HIS VEHICLE -- See BUCKEYE JIHAD) Qaeda operatives seem to be dangerous drivers. [Iyman] Faris was busted for speeding in 1996 and for failure to control his vehicle in 1997, when he flipped his vehicle on a highway exit ramp, local officials say. --------The IL General Assembly: terrorist aides, Illinois Leader ^ | December 31, 2003 | JILL STANEK
1997 : (US STATE DEPT NAMES HAMAS A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORG) The US State Department named Hamas a foreign terrorist organization in 1997. ------ "Two suspected members of Hamas arrested in US,"AFP, Posted on 08/20/2004 9:59:26 AM PDT by TexKat
1997 : (AMC-- SEE HILLARY CLINTON DONORS) At its 1997 conference, the AMC played host to Layth Shubayalat, alleged to be a terrorist tied to a plot to assassinate King Hussein of Jordan, and defended the outlawed Jordanian Islamic Action Front. -"Undermining war on terror : Muslim groups weakening fed laws under guise of protecting civil liberties," World Net Daily, March 10, 2003
1997 : (LEBANESE BUSINESSMAN ELIAS ABURDENE CHAIRS THE ROCK CREEK CORP; HAD HIRED EX-ADVISOR TO BILL CLINTON, JOSEPH WILSON, WHO HAD MET MOHAMED ALAMOUDI AT A RECEPTION ORGANIZED FOR THE WORLD BANK BY WESTAR GROUP)...but also the Rock Creek Corporation, an investment company controlled by Al Amoudi and chaired since 1997 by a Lebanese businessman very connected into the power circles of Washington, Elias Aburdene. Former adviser of the Franklin Bank National in Washington DC, Aburdene at the start of his accession to the head (position) of Rock Creek Corporation hired the ex - adviser to Bill Clinton for African affairs, Joseph Wilson IV. The latter had already met Mohamed Al Amoudi in 1997 at the time of a reception organized for the World Bank by Westar Group (LAW n.794). --- via Shermy
1997 : (MOUSSA ABU MARZOOK IS DEPORTED TO JORDAN BY THE USA - See CAIR, HLF, HAMAS, AND IAP) Mousa Abu Marzook Grandfather of CAIR--- The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development was founded by HAMAS leader Mousa Abu Marzook, a man who was deported by the United States to Jordan in 1997. Marzook, who may very well be, today [April 29, 2004], second in command of HAMAS, also founded, in 1981, CAIRs parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine. This is important, when considering the previous questions asked, but but there is a much bigger connection to CAIR, with respect to the Holy Land Foundation.------------------------- "The CAIR-Terror Connection," By Joe Kaufman, FrontPageMagazine.com, April 29, 2004
JANUARY 1997 : (LETTER BOMBS POSTMARKED IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT ARE DISCOVERED) In January a total of 12 letter bombs with Alexandria, Egypt, postmarks were discovered in holiday greeting cards mailed to the United States. On two separate days during January, nine letter bombs were discovered in the Washington, DC, and United Nations offices of the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper. In addition, three letter bomb devices were sent to the federal prison in Fort Leavenworth Kansas. None of the letter bombs detonated, and there were no public claims of responsibility. A similar device mailed to the al-Hayat office in London on 13 January did explode, injuring two persons. Subsequently, three more devices were found. The incidents are under investigation by the FBI. -----------State Department Document #10535, Patterns of Global Terrorism: 1997, April 1998 via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
[Leavenworth was where the blibnd shiekh was being kept, wasn't it?]
1993 : (NY CITY : WTC1 BOMBING - see ABDEL RAHMAN) Analogous letter bombs were sent in connection with the earlier  attack on the World Trade Center and the imprisonment of the militant islamists responsible for that attack and a related plot. Thus, relying on the postal service to send its deadly missives in connection with an earlier attack of the World Trade Center is not only Al Qaeda's modus operandi, it is its signature. ------------ "Al Qaeda, Anthrax and Ayman : Means, Motive, Modus Operandi and Opportunity," by Ross E. Getman, Esq.
JANUARY 1997 : (THREAT LETTERS ARE SENT TO WASHINGTON DC & NY NEWSPAPERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DETENTION OF SHEIK ABDEL RAHMAN) Deadly missives were sent to newspapers in Washington D.C. and New York City in January 1997 -- as well as people in symbolic positions -- in connection with the blind sheik Abdel Rahmans detention. Such letters are not merely the modus operandi of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, they are its signature. Although the former leader of the Islamic Group, he also is the spiritual guide of the EIJ and a friend of both Bin Laden and Zawahiri.. (...Zawahiri has made this issue of detainees, especially the blind sheik Abdel Rahman, a top priority. Imprisoned islamists in Canada have faced the possibility deportation to countries where they allege they will be killed or tortured.... - [See Leahy Law])---- "Zawahiri Anthrax," From an internet forum : http://www.sunspot.net/cgi-bin/ultbb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=18;t=033050 , Posted by : Ross , Member # 22156 ; Anthrax, Al Qaeda, and Ayman Zawahiri, http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com
JANUARY 14, 1997 : (LONDON & NY LETTER BOMB ATTACKS) Letter bombs explode at the officers of the Arab newspaper, Al-Hayat, in London and at the UN Building in New York. Two security guards were injured in London.
JANUARY 1997 or later : (IRAQ+ALQAEDA : IRAQI INTELLIGENCE SERVICE DOCUMENT SAYS THEIR INFORMATION INDICATES BIN LADEN IS CURRENTLY IN AFGHANISTAN- See SAUDI OPPOSITION GROUP "REFORM & ADVICE COMMITTEE") "...D. Due to the recent situation of Sudan and being accused of supporting and embracing of terrorism, an agreement with the opposing Saudi Osama bin Laden was reached. The agreement required him to leave Sudan to another area. He left Khartoum in July 1996. The information we have indicates that he is currently in Afghanistan. The relationship with him is ongoing through the Sudanese side. Currently we are working to invigorate this relationship through a new channel in light of his present location." ------ Iraqi document, c. January 1997 + , see "Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)," Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
JANUARY 1997 or later : (IRAQI DOCUMENT IS COMPILED; IT CONCERNS RELATIONS BETWEEN IRAQ & SAUDI OPPOSITION GROUPS INCLUDING BIN LADEN'S GROUP "REFORM & ADVICE COMMITTEE") A SECOND internal Iraqi file obtained by The Weekly Standard concerns relations between Iraqi Intelligence and Saudi opposition groups. The document was apparently compiled at some point after January 1997, judging by the most recent date in the text, and discusses four Saudi opposition groups: the Committee for Defense of Legitimate Rights, the Reform and Advice Committee (Osama bin Laden), People of al Jazeera Union Organization, and the Saudi Hezbollah.
The New York Times first reported on the existence of this file on June 25, 2004. "American officials described the document as an internal report by the Iraqi intelligence service detailing efforts to seek cooperation with several Saudi opposition groups, including Mr. bin Laden's organization, before al Qaeda had become a full-fledged terrorist organization." [* My note : al Qaeda became a full-fledged terror org in 1988] According to the Times, a Pentagon task force "concluded that the document 'appeared authentic,' and that it 'corroborates and expands on previous reporting' about contacts between Iraqi intelligence and Mr. bin Laden in Sudan, according to the task force's analysis."
The most provocative aspect of the document is the discussion of efforts to seek cooperation between Iraqi Intelligence and the Saudi opposition group run by bin Laden, known to the Iraqis as the "Reform and Advice Committee." The translation of that section appears below.
We moved towards the committee ["Reform and Advice Committee."?] by doing the following: A. During the visit of the Sudanese Dr. Ibrahim al-Sanusi to Iraq and his meeting with Mr. Uday Saddam Hussein, on December 13, 1994, in the presence of the respectable, Mr. Director of the Intelligence Service, he [Dr. al-Sanusi] pointed out that the opposing Osama bin Laden, residing in Sudan, is reserved and afraid to be depicted by his enemies as an agent of Iraq. We prepared to meet him in Sudan (The Honorable Presidency was informed of the results of the meeting in our letter 782 on December 17, 1994).(It should be noted that the documents given to The Weekly Standard did not include the attachments, letters to and from Saddam Hussein about the status of the Iraq-al Qaeda relationship. And the last sentence differs slightly from the version provided to the New York Times. In the Weekly Standard document, Iraq is seeking to "invigorate" its relationship with al Qaeda; in the Times translation, Iraq is seeking to "continue" that relationship.)
B. An approval to meet with opposer Osama bin Laden by the Intelligence Services was given by the Honorable Presidency in its letter 138, dated January 11, 1995 (attachment 6). He [bin Laden] was met by the previous general director of M4 in Sudan and in the presence of the Sudanese, Ibrahim al-Sanusi, on February 19, 1995. We discussed with him his organization. He requested the broadcast of the speeches of Sheikh Sulayman al-Uda (who has influence within Saudi Arabia and outside due to being a well known religious and influential personality) and to designate a program for them through the broadcast directed inside Iraq, and to perform joint operations against the foreign forces in the land of Hijaz. (The Honorable Presidency was informed of the details of the meeting in our letter 370 on March 4, 1995, attachment 7.)
C. The approval was received from the Leader, Mr. President, may God keep him, to designate a program for them through the directed broadcast. We were left to develop the relationship and the cooperation between the two sides to see what other doors of cooperation and agreement open up. The Sudanese side was informed of the Honorable Presidency's agreement above, through the representative of the Respectable Director of Intelligence Services, our Ambassador in Khartoum.
D. Due to the recent situation of Sudan and being accused of supporting and embracing of terrorism, an agreement with the opposing Saudi Osama bin Laden was reached. The agreement required him to leave Sudan to another area. He left Khartoum in July 1996. The information we have indicates that he is currently in Afghanistan. The relationship with him is ongoing through the Sudanese side. Currently we are working to invigorate this relationship through a new channel in light of his present location.
FEBRUARY 1997 : (BIN LADEN EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR IRAQ) Bin Laden publicly expressed his support for Iraq in its conflict with the US stating: The hearts of the Muslims are filled with hatred towards the United States of America and the American president for American conduct towards Iraq.- Findlaw, Ashton, et al. v. al Qaeda
1997 early : (IRAQ & SUDAN) A new phase in the Iraqi cooperation with Sudan began in early 1997. In mid January, Baghdad officially termed the fighting in southern Sudan a US-Zionist conspiracy. "Washington does not hide its intention to destroy Sudan and it has already taken a series of hostile steps against Sudan, taking advantage of certain well-known developments that have emerged." The Iraqi propaganda machine stated that "Khartoum is being subjected to a US-Zionist scheme that seeks to achieve long-range objectives. Most prominent among these objectives is to ignite a civil war to divide this country, as a prelude to completely destroying Egypt and suffocating it by taking control of the Nile River water." Significantly, Baghdad concluded that "Sudan's national security is a vital part of pan-Arab security. What Sudan is undergoing is a dangerous episode in a series played by the enemies of the Arab Nation and the Muslims. These enemies are trying to destroy any hope for pan-Arab renaissance, scientific advancement, and unity. They are setting the appropriate conditions to establish Zionist-US hegemony over the Arab world." These were not empty words. - Yossef Bodansky, "The Iraqi WMD Challenge - Myths and Reality," TASK FORCE ON TERRORISM & UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 , February 10, 1998
FEBRUARY 1997 : (IRAQ SHIPS WEAPONS FROM YEMEN TO SUDAN) In late February, ships began arriving in Port Sudan loaded with Iraqi weapons removed from a storage in Yemen. The first ship to arrive was the al-Obied under the command of Captain Naji Asam Maki. It arrived from Mukalla (in Yemen) carrying, among other arms, 600 anti-tank weapons. Sudan officially denied the arrival of Iraqi weapons. - Yossef Bodansky, "The Iraqi WMD Challenge - Myths and Reality," TASK FORCE ON TERRORISM & UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515 , February 10, 1998
1997 : (UN DONATES MONEY TO CHARITIES WORKING IN SUDAN INCLUDING THE BLESSED RELIEF aka MUWAFAQ FOUNDATION, A FRONT FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN - See YASIN AL QADI, BIN LADEN) A BBC investigation has revealed that the United Nations funded the work of a charity believed by the United States to be a front organisation for Osama Bin Laden. The UN donated more than $1.4m to a consortium of charities working in the Sudan in 1997, one of which was the Muwafaq (Arabic: blessed relief) Foundation. The US Treasury believes wealthy businessman Yasin al-Qadi set up the charity. ....---- "Bin Laden 'received UN cash' : Charities worldwide responded to the Sudan's famine ," BBC ^ | 10-20-01 | BBC
FEBRUARY 23, 1997 : (NY : PALESTINIAN ABU KAMAL ATTACKS TOURISTS AT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING--- See FL) An Islamic militant opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York on February 23, 1997 killing 1 tourist and seriously wounding six other Western tourists - "A Short History of World War IIIA Lesson of the Future.," by Sal Rosken, The Partial Observer , 2 March 2003
Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher who arrived in the United States in December, 1996 on a tourist visa kills seven tourists with a 14 shot semiautomatic pistol at the Empire State Building before killing himself. He bought the gun in Florida despite federal law prohibiting sales to aliens who do not have at least 90 days of residency. Abu Kamal wrote that he was taking vengeance against enemies of the Palestinian people.
APRIL 3, 1997 : (ISRAEL , MARZOOK) MEQ: Given the strength of this proof, why did the Israeli government announce on April 3, 1997, against seeking Abu Marzook's extradition? Emerson: It feared an outbreak of terrorism just at a time when Palestinian-Israeli relations were already at the breaking point. I think it was a bad decision by the Israelis, who did not hold true to their principles: it showed that terrorists can win. Abu Marzook will be received as a hero who stood up and defeated the United States and Israel. Whenever terrorists make demands it's easiest to cave in and accept the demands, such as releasing someone like Abu Marzook; but as terrorists see that intimidation works and resort to this again and again, the longer-term price will be high. The Israeli decision was not a proud moment for those who believe in counterterrorism and justice.----"Steven Emerson: Get Ready for Twenty World Trade Center Bombings," The middle east quarterly, Daniel Pipes interview of Emerson on April 8, 1997
MAY 19, 1997 : (FEDERAL AGENTS ARREST SAMI AL ARIAN'S BROTHER-IN-LAW, MAZEN AL NAJJAR - See ICP & WISE) Federal agents arrest Al-Arian's brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar, who is fighting a deportation order, and use secret evidence to jail him as a security threat. Al-Najjar worked with Al-Arian at the Islamic Committee for Palestine and the World and Islam Studies Enterprise. ------------ "The Al-Arian Story: A History ," By: A Tribune staff report , Published: Feb 20, 2003 , http://news.tbo.com/news/MGAKBWRVECD.html
1997 : (MAZEN AL NAJJAR IS JAILED) ... a package of secret evidence that was used by immigration officials to jail Al-Najjar as a national security threat in 1997. That evidence alleged an association between Al-Najjar and the Jihad. He spent 3 1/2 years in an immigration detention center in Bradenton. ---------- "Israel Ties Al-Arian to Jihad Board," The Tampa Tribune, 6/23/02 by Michael Fechter
JULY 30, 1997 Wednesday : (ISRAEL : BOMBING IN A JERUSALEM MARKET KILLS 15 -- See HAMAS) Factions of Hamas have been linked to terrorist acts, including Wednesday's bombing in a Jerusalem market that killed 15 people. ----------- "Officials probe suspects' possible links to Hamas," CNN, August 1, 1997 , Web posted at: 7:44 p.m. EDT (2344 GMT)
JULY 31, 1997 Thursday : (BROOKLYN, NY : THREE MEN FOUND WITH CACHE OF EXPLOSIVES ARE ARRESTED- POSSIBLY HAMAS MEMBERS? --- See 1997 NY SUBWAY PLOT, HAMAS) NEW YORK -- Three Middle Eastern men found Thursday with a cache of explosives in a Brooklyn apartment may have been days away from an attack on a New York subway station, officials said Friday. "It looks like they were going to set off a suicide bomb and try to make the point that the United States and Israel are wrong, and strike against U.S. and Jewish interests," said New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
"I think we were close to a disaster," said FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom. "It didn't happen, and that's the good news."
Federal charges have been filed against two of the men arrested following a shootout with police. A third man was being held at the request of the U.S. ...[INS], on the grounds that he was in the country illegally. One suspect reportedly applied for U.S. asylum
U.S. authorities were investigating to see whether there are any links between the men arrested in Brooklyn and Hamas, a fundamentalist Islamic organization based in the Middle East. Factions of Hamas have been linked to terrorist acts, including Wednesday's bombing in a Jerusalem market that killed 15 people.
However, top law enforcement officials involved in the New York investigation have cautioned that no clear link exists so far between the men and any known terrorist group.
------------ "Officials probe suspects' possible links to Hamas," CNN, August 1, 1997 , Web posted at: 7:44 p.m. EDT (2344 GMT)
They (Hamas) may have tried a Madrid-style bombing in N.Y.C. back in 1997. The current Hamas leader in Gaza, then a "spokesman," denied those arrested in the plot were linked to Hamas. ...I don't know if any "clear links" were ever made out. ------ blogger "Dirk Diggler" also links to this: New York was 'close to a disaster' from suicide bomb plot
AUGUST 1997 : (See ANTHRAX CASE : DENVER, CO : SCIENTIFIC CONVENTION : HARRIS & LEAVITT MEET) Leavitt, a businessman, who like Harris, is a licensed microbiologist, owns clinical laboratories in Logandale, Nevada, and Frankfurt, Germany, and is said to have been trying to develop a vaccine for AIDS. His attorney, Mills, says Harris and Leavitt met at a scientific convention in Denver last August and discussed a joint project to develop a vaccine for anthrax. Mills said that even if the lab tests are positive, federal officials "would have to prove that he knowingly was a part (of a conspiracy) to do something with that anthrax." -- "Man suspected of having anthrax predicted attack; Harris told talk show Iraqis poised to strike," CNN, February 20, 1998, Web posted at: 10:15 p.m. EST (0315 GMT)
AUGUST 1997 : (RICHARDSON, TX COMPANY INFOCOM OWNS THE DOMAIN NAME 'BINLADEN.COM' - THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT FOR THE DOMAIN IS BAYAN ELASHI)
AUGUST 1997 : (ABDUL RAHMAN AL-AMOUDI DESCRIBES HAMAS AS A 'FREEDOM FIGHTING ORGANIZATION') Shortly after one of its bombs exploded in Jerusalem in August 1997, Alamoudi told Fox News about Hamas: "I think it's a freedom-fighting organization." - "Hillary Accepts Contributions from Boston Area Muslim Terrorist Supporters," by Deroy Murdock, , a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, NRO , National Review Online, 10/31/00 , http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/529571/posts
SEPTEMBER 8, 1997 : ( DNC FUNDRAISER EDWARD M GABRIEL IS NOMINATED TO BECOME US AMBASSADOR TO MOROCCO BEFORE THE FBI HAS COMPLETED ITS BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION ON HIM) "
. The story of a suspended ambassadorial nomination. ......Clinton-Gore hubris knows no bounds. In the thick of the campaign finance hearings on Capitol Hill, the White House has nominated a controversial DNC fundraiser, Edward M. Gabriel, to become United States Ambassador to Morocco, a key country to the Middle East peace process.
Gabriel's name was formally submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 8, before the FBI had completed its background investigation into Gabriel's finances, business connections, or personal life.
... A scant ten days later, as we reported on The American Spectator's web site on September 18, the White House was forced to turn over Gabriel's file to the Justice Department for further investigation of allegations tying him to murky Arab campaign donations to the DNC and the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign.
.-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
Zogby, [Edward M.] Gabriel, and Alamoudi sat together on the steering committee of Arab Americans for Clinton/Gore '96 and frequently appear at functions organized by Zogby's Arab American Institute. .-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised
SEPTEMBER 18, 1997 : (THE DOJ HAS THE WHITE HOUSE TURN OVER THEIR AMBASSADOR TO MOROCCO NOMINEE EDWARD M GABRIEL'S FILE FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGATIONS TYING HIM TO MURKY CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TO THE DNC AND CLINTON/GORE REELECTION CAMPAIGN) Gabriel's name was formally submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 8, before the FBI had completed its background investigation into Gabriel's finances, business connections, or personal life. ... A scant ten days later, as we reported on The American Spectator's web site on September 18, the White House was forced to turn over Gabriel's file to the Justice Department for further investigation of allegations tying him to murky Arab campaign donations to the DNC and the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. .-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
NOVEMBER 1997 : (AMERICAN SPECTATOR REPORT ) "
. A few hours before Lebanese financier Roger Tamraz was to testify before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, committee staffers received a mysterious call from someone claiming to be Tamraz who alleged that Tamraz had been solicited by Gabriel to donate $50,000 to the DNC through the Arab American Institute, a Washington-based non-profit group.
Two things are certain about this curious case: Ed Gabriel has powerful enemies, and he made them by hitching his wagon to two highly controversial Arab-American lobbyists in Washington: James Zogby and Abdulrahman Alamoudi. In the "bad old days" when the State Department and Congress still considered the PLO a terrorist organization, both men were staunch backers of Yasir Arafat. More recently, Zogby has called on Arab states to reinvigorate the secondary boycott against Israel, which aims to deter U.S. companies by threatening to ban them from contracts in the Arab world if they do business with Israel.
.."-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
Zogby, [Edward M.] Gabriel, and Alamoudi sat together on the steering committee of Arab Americans for Clinton/Gore '96 and frequently appear at functions organized by Zogby's Arab American Institute. .-- by Kenneth R. Timmerman, American Spectator 11/97via ALAMO-GIRL'S DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON ; SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST; SUBSECTION: TERROR; Revised 1/8/01
NOVEMBER 1997 : (LUXOR MASSACRE, ZAWAHIRI & THE VANGUARDS OF CONQUEST) in November 1997, he [Zawahiri] led the Vanguards of Conquest group responsible for the Luxor (Egypt) massacre in which 60 foreign tourists were systematically murdered and mutilated;------- "Islamism, fascism and terrorism (Part 4)," By Marc Erikson, Asia Times, 5 December 2002 [Beware the source]
NOVEMBER 17, 1997 : (EGYPT : LUXOR MASSACRE- See ISLAMIC GROUP aka GAMAAH AL ISLAMIYA) "Arab Islamist observers stress that the horrendous terrorist strike in Luxor on November 17, 1997, was actually a test of the credibility of Abu-Umar al-Amriki," Bodansky writes.
In that attack, terrorists wielding machine guns and knives massacred nearly 70 tourists, most of them Swiss. For about 45 minutes, the attackers mowed down unarmed, unsuspecting tourists in an attempt to show the world that visitors were not safe in Mubarak's Egypt. ------ "Did Clinton nod to Mubarak overthrow? Book suggests foreign policy goof led to Luxor terror massacre," WorldNetDaily.com, Monday, October 15, 2001